Hawaiʻi Police Department
Lieutenant Daniel Mlakar
Phone: 326-4646 Ext. 253
Report No. C13023832
On Wednesday (September 4), at approximately 4:10 p.m., Kona Patrol officers responded to a report of a missing diver at Kaohe Beach, South Kona.
Witnesses on the beach reported they had observed a diver in distress disappear beneath the surface. A witness ran to a nearby house to call for help.
Hawaiʻi Fire Department divers recovered the body of a 27-year-old man in 40 feet of water. He was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 8:03 p.m.
An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.
The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.