WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - The Maui Fire Department says firefighters removed the body of a 62-year-old man from the ocean near Kamalo Wharf after someone spotted his boat drifting in the water.
The Maui News reports that police have identified the man as Melvin L. Paoa of Kaunakakai. He was found about 300 yards offshore.
Fire Services Officer Edward Taomoto says a witness told Molokai firefighters Saturday that he saw the man securing his 26-foot catamaran near the wharf. The witness later saw the boat drifting away but couldn't see its operator, so called for help.
Fire crews found the unresponsive Paoa around 1 p.m. and tried to revive him but were unsuccessful.
Taomoto says Paoa was pronounced dead at Molokai General Hospital.