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

Published: Mar. 28, 2018 at 12:39 AM HST|Updated: Mar. 28, 2018 at 1:34 PM HST
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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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