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Suspected drowning 04-14-11

Hawai’i Police Department
ū District
Captain Andrew Burian
Phone: 939-2520
April 14, 2011
Report No. C11009639

Media Release 

Big Island police have classified a suspected drowning in Ka’ū as a coroner’s inquest.

At 12:11 p.m. Thursday (April 14), Ka’ū patrol officers responded to a reported drowning near the Rancho subdivision in Ocean View. Derek Hara, 46, of Pāhala had been diving in an area known as Osaka Flats with two companions when his companions found him unresponsive.

Fire Department rescue personnel had responded to the scene but were unable to revive him.

Police have ordered a autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

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