Maui police ID father who died rescuing daughter at popular tourist spot on Maui

Maui police ID father who died rescuing daughter at popular tourist spot on Maui

KAHAKULOA, MAUI (HAWAII NEWS NOW) - Maui police have identified the 46-year-old Montana man who died Tuesday afternoon after rescuing his daughter as Brian Lazorishak.

At 12:37 p.m. Maui first responders received reports of two people being swept into the ocean by a wave at the Olivine Pools in Kahakuloa.

Bystanders said that Lazorishak jumped into the ocean after his 15-year-old daughter — who was standing at the water's edge — was knocked into the ocean by a large wave.

Lazorishak was able to get his daughter back onto the rocky cliff, and people nearby used a makeshift towel rope to pull her up safely. But witnesses say that when they looked back for the man, he was floating face down.

At 12:58 p.m. Maui firefighters and lifeguards arrived to find him unresponsive in the water, airlifted him to Kahekili Highway, and began performing CPR.

Paramedics arrived soon after and began more advanced life-saving techniques to no avail. Lazorishak died at the scene.

His daughter, who had non-life-threatening injuries, was released to family members nearby.

This is the 16th water-related death this year.

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