A 47-year-old visitor from Oklahoma died Sunday evening after a kayaking accident off of Molokai, according to Maui police.

Curtis Quillin was kayaking in the morning with a family member on the south shore when a wave hit him and knocked him into the water. The family member attempted to rescue him but another wave overturned her kayak, police said.

The family member was able to locate the victim, police said, but he was floating face down and unresponsive. Fire crews brought both to shore and conducted CPR on the victim.

He was taken to Molokai General Hospital in critical condition for further treatment, but was later pronounced dead.

Cause of death is pending autopsy results.

Civil Beat is examining visitor deaths and what the state, counties and tourism industry are doing to reduce them in a special report all this week. Read the first story here.

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