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Kona drowning 03-28-13

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Kona Patrol
Lieutenant Daniel Mlakar
Phone:  326-4646
Report No. C13008159


Media Release 

A 70-year-old Canadian man apparently drowned Wednesday (March 27) at Kahaluʻu Beach Park.

Responding to a 3:40 p.m. call, Kona police officers learned that witnesses had observed a swimmer snorkeling when he became motionless about 40 feet from shore. A lifeguard brought the man ashore and began cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The victim was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:13 p.m.

He has been identified as Ian Michael Gordon of Alberta, Canada.

Police have initiated a coroner’s inquest and are awaiting autopsy results to determine the exact cause of death.