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Hawaii Snorkeler Dies in Rough Water

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To a diver, snorkeling is second nature, but during inclement weather, bad things can easily happen. That's what befell Mark Strickert from Austin, TX, who was on vacation with family in Hawaii and died while snorkeling at Maui's Molokini Crater on July 20. He was aboard the Double Scoop, operated by Scuba Shack, along with 11 other passengers and three crew members on a rainy, windy Sunday morning. Four snorkelers, including Strickert and his son, got stranded in high surf and strong winds on the crater. The Coast Guard was called in to rescue them, and Strickert, 50, was pronounced dead on the scene. Alana Osaki, a 23-year-old crew member who had attempted to rescue the snorkelers, was hospitalized in critical condition. Another snorkeler suffered serious abrasions....

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