Waioka Pond on Mauri. Photo by Chloe Harris for iStock

A 26-year-old woman from Vista drowned after being swept out to sea from Waioka Pond in Maui, a swimming hole known for its flash flood danger.

The victim, whose name was not immediately released, was among four swimmers who were in the pond when a sudden rush of water came down the hillside shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday, the Maui Fire Department reported.

Two of the swimmers were able to climb to safety at the edge of the pond, but the other two were swept across the narrow beach and into the ocean. One was able to swim back to shore, but the woman remained missing.

“An extensive land and air search by fire personnel, assisted by local residents, located the final victim unresponsive on a rocky shoreline,” the fire department said.

The conditions were stormy in the area, and Maui was under a flash flood watch at the time.

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