High surf at Papohaku Beach may have contributed to the death of an Oregon man on Friday.
The 58-year-old man, Bradley Day of Estacada, Ore., was knocked down by a large wave on the West End beach Friday afternoon. According to Lt. Wayne Ibarra of the Maui Police Department, the call came in at 2 p.m. and officers arrived on the scene at 2:18 p.m. but it was too late.
Day was swimming with his grandson Friday in the “Tunnels” area of Papohaku Beach when he was hit by a large wave. The National Weather Service in Honolulu had posted a high surf advisory earlier that day for all north and west facing shores of Molokai.
Ibarra reported that the grandson pulled Day out of the water and tried cardiopulmonary resuscitation, but the older man died as police and fire officials were arriving.
An autopsy would be performed on Maui, said Ibarra, but no cause of death has yet been determined.