Published: Jul 15, 2011 8:30 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 15, 2011 7:31 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) - The longtime girlfriend of the Northern California man who was sucked into a Maui blow hole says he wasn't behaving foolishly and that there should have been warning signs.

Tika Hick told The Associated Press in a phone interview from San Anselmo, Calif., Friday that 44-year-old David Potts wasn't dancing around the blow hole that shoots powerful bursts of water high into the air, contrary to eyewitness accounts of the Saturday incident.

Hick says she wasn't with Potts when it happened, but her brother and sister-in-law were there and described the incident.

Maui County officials say they understand the location to be privately owned, preventing them from posting signs warning of the blow hole's "obvious dangers."

Hick says she and Potts were vacationing with their 6-month-old son because she is about to undergo a double mastectomy.

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