Hamakua drowning 09-18-13

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Hāmākua Patrol
Captain Andrew Burian
Phone: 775-7533
Report No. C13023832


Media Release

On Friday (September 13) at about 2:30 p.m., Hāmākua Police responded to the report of a fisherman who had been swept into the ocean in the area of Kawela’s Beach near Honokaʻa while he was picking opihi with two friends. The Hawaiʻi Fire Department recovered the body of 27-year-old  James McGivern Jr. of Paauilo. He was pronounced dead on that date at 2:58 p.m. at the Hale Hoʻola Hāmākua Emergency Room. Autopsy findings indicate that the death was accidental, due to drowning.

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