Oakland Man Dies While Snorkeling Off Maui Coast

MAUI, Hawaii (CBS SF) — The body of an Oakland man was recovered Thursday morning off the Maui coast, a Maui fire captain said.

Son Vo, 41, was snorkeling near the Kaanapali Villas in Lahaina on Wednesday around 2:45 p.m. but didn’t return, Maui County fire Capt. Bram DenHaan said.

He was swimming near “Black Rock,” a famous landmark near the shore, DenHaan said.

Vo had on a snorkel and mask but no fins when he went into the water, DenHaan said.

He was reported missing shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday by family and friends, DenHaan said.

A search began by the Maui County police and fire departments and U.S. Coast Guard that continued until early Thursday morning at 2 a.m., he said.

The search resumed at first light and Vo’s body was recovered 30 feet below water and 70 feet away from shore at 6:10 a.m., he said.

Investigators have classified Vo’s death as a miscellaneous accident, police said.

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