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Man sucked into ocean by blow hole

The Californian man died on the island of Maui after being sucked into the ocean by a large blow hole.

A blowhole in Maui, taken by another tourist.
A blowhole in Maui, taken by another tourist.
Image: Stephen Walli via Flickr

A CALIFORNIAN MAN was killed after being sucked into a blow hole in Maui.

Associated Press reports that David Potts, 44, was playing in the spray released by the Nakalele blow hole moments before he was sucked under.

A search for his body was called off on Monday.

The tourist who captured the tragic incident on photo said that he expected Potts to resurface but he never did.

“In my heart, I kind of knew he wasn’t coming out,” Rocco Piganelli said.

A blow hole is formed when sea caves grow upwards and are exposed at the surface.

When waves flow into the cave, water and air is pushed through the hole, creating an eruption that looks similar to a geyser.

Experts speaking to Hawaii News Now said that the chance of someone surviving being sucked into a blow hole is virtually nil.

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