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Man Apparently Drowns off Mahukona 09-16-01

HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
NORTH KOHALA PATROL DISTRICT
OFFICER EDWARD LEWIS JR.
PHONE: 889-6540
SEPTEMBER 16, 2001
G-80913

MEDIA RELEASE

A 26-year-old Hawi man apparently drowned Sunday afternoon (September 16, 2001) in a diving accident in waters off Mahukona in North Kohala.

About 2:30 p.m. Sunday, police received a call of a swimmer in distress at Mahukona Pier. When Fire Department rescue arrived, bystanders had already pulled the victim to shore and were attempting cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.

The victim was taken to the Kohala Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:10 p.m.

Police have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death. They were withholding the victim’s name until notification of the next of kin.

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