Hawaiʻi Police Department
Lieutenant Jeremie Evangelista
Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 253
Media Release (corrects victim’s age in second paragraph)
A Canadian man apparently drowned Wednesday morning (April 11) in waters off Kailua-Kona.
The victim has been identified as 49-year-old [corrected age] William Savage of Okotoks in the Canadian province of Alberta.
At 11:20 a.m., Kona patrol officers responded to Kona Community Hospital, where they learned that Savage had been part of a scuba diving tour in waters north of Honokōhau.
A large surge reportedly knocked him off some rocks and into the water. When he failed to surface, tour members pulled him onto the boat, began CPR and took him to Honokōhau Harbor. From there, fire/rescue personnel took him to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:23 a.m.
An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.