California woman dies after being swept out of Maui swimming hole

A California woman is dead after being swept to sea from a Maui swimming hole known for its flash flood danger.

The tourist, identified only as a 26-year-old from Vista (San Diego County), was among four swimmers who were in Waioka Pond when a sudden rush of water came down the hillside shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday, the Maui Fire Department said.

Two of them were able to climb to safety at the edge of the pool; the two others were swept across the narrow beach and into the ocean. One of those swam back to shore, but the woman remained missing.

Around 1:30 p.m., searchers found her unresponsive on a beach. She was airlifted to medics, who pronounced her dead, the fire department said.

Maui was under a flash flood watch Thursday because of heavy runoff from storms.

Waioka Pond, also known as Venus Pools, is a popular tourist destination just south of Hana, on Maui’s eastern tip. It sits on a rocky beach below the Hana Highway.

Signs at the trail entrance warn of the risks from flash flooding and slippery rocks.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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