HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
HAMAKUA PATROL DISTRICT
OFFICER DOMINIC A. UYETAKE JR.
APRIL 30, 1999
A 27-year-old man died Friday morning (April 30, 1999) when he fell off a cliff while picking opihi below Paahau in the Hamakua District.
The victim was identified as Anthony Jeremy Ancheta, of a Paahau address.
Responding to an 11:43 a.m. call, Hamakua patrol officers learned that the victim was picking opihi below a 400-foot cliff. As he was climbing up the cliff on a rope, he fell off and onto the rocks below.
A fire rescue helicopter brought the body up the cliff, and the victim was driven to the Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 4:30 p.m.
Police have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death, and they have classified the death as a public accident.
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