HAWAII POLICE DEPARTMENT
SOUTH HILO PATROL
SERGEANT RICHARD MIYAMOTO
MARCH 7, 2007
South Hilo patrol officers and Fire Department rescue units responded Wednesday (March 7) to the Wailuku River in the area of Reed’s Island on a report of a missing swimmer.
Fire dispatch received a call at 4:43 p.m. reporting a missing swimmer in the Wailuku River about 100 to 200 yards above a local swimming holed called “Ropes.”
After a short search of the area, rescue divers found a 20-year-old man under water. A helicopter airlifted him out of the area and he was transported to Hilo Medical Center.
After attempts to resuscitate the man failed, he was pronounced dead at 6:02 p.m. at the Hilo Medical Center emergency room.
Police have initiated a coroner’s inquest. An autopsy is scheduled to determine the exact cause of death.
The victims’s name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
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