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Firefighter dies after being swept into storm drain during devastating flooding

A firefighter has died after getting swept into a storm drain after responding to reports of heavy flooding.

Tre Evans-Dumaran, 24, was carried out to sea before being pulled from the water and rushed to hospital.

His devastated family has now said he passed away following a "roller coaster" week in hospital where he showed signs of recovery.

Tre, who had been with the local fire department for over years, had been responding to heavy flooding on the Hawaiian island of Maui on January 27.

He was swept 800 yards along the drain to where it ended by the shoreline.

Following the incident he was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition.

At first he said to be "making positive and promising signs of progress" and remained in intensive care "with multiple life saving measures in place".

Tre was responding to heavy floods in the area (Getty Images/EyeEm)

Evans-Dumaran's mum Chelsie Evan had posted updates on a GoFundMe page she made to help with his medical expenses.

She wrote on January 31: "When Tre' got his first lungs X-ray done in the hospital it showed completely white, meaning there was no air in his lungs.

"Today we got see some the most beautiful little black dots towards the top of the lungs. His amazing team worked to turn him on his sides trying to give the back of his lungs opportunities."

But later his recovery became a "roller coaster" according to Chelsie as different problems arose.

Despite even at one point being able to respond to the doctor's commands and give a thumbs up, he died on Saturday February 4.

Announcing her son's death the day after, Chelsie wrote: "You created THE most amazing soul and you gifted him to a teenage girl not ready to be a mom, but I took you up for the challenge.

"I loved that gift more than I knew a 15 year old's heart could bare. I did my very best, although imperfect, to care for this beautiful gift with my whole being."

Paying tribute to Tre following his death, Fire Chief Brad Ventura said: “Tre’ loved being a firefighter and he loved those he worked with.

Serving the community came naturally to him because he was so happy to serve people.”

He continued saying: "One loss is one too many."

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