Washington woman dies after snorkeling at a North Shore beach on Oahu

Washington woman dies after snorkeling at a North Shore beach on Oahu

HALEIWA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Washington woman pulled from North Shore waters Friday has died.

The woman was snorkeling near Sharks Cove before she was found unresponsive and pulled to shore by family members around 12:30 p.m.

Emergency crews responded and took the woman to a hospital in critical condition where she later died.

EMS officials say the 43-year-old was using a full snorkeling face mask at the time of the incident. Those types of masks have recently raised safety concerns after a spike in drownings in Maui waters.

Surf at the time was about 2 feet high according to Ocean Safety officials. Sharks Cove however, is a beach with no lifeguard stations.

"Oahu's three of four drownings this year have occurred at  non-lifeguards beaches. We strongly warn to swim at lifeguarded beaches," Honolulu Emergency Services Department spokeswoman Shayne Enright said.

The woman's name has not yet been released.

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