US Airways pilot, 37, dies while snorkeling off Kauai
A 37-year-old US Airways pilot from Phoenix died after he disappeared while snorkeling off Kauai's North Shore, police said yesterday.
A Coast Guard helicopter crew found Theodore Teichgraber unresponsive at about 11:15 a.m. yesterday about a quarter-mile off Kalalau Beach along the Na Pali Coast.
Kauai police said another US Airways pilot called 911 at 5:45 p.m. Thursday to report that Teichgraber had not returned from snorkeling at Kee Beach.
A tour boat crew spotted Teichgraber in the water at about 11 a.m. yesterday, said Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Marsha Delaney. The Coast Guard's helicopter crew was directed to the man, and a swimmer was lowered into the water and hoisted him into a basket. He was flown to Lihue, and an ambulance took him to Wilcox Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.