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02-09-15 Possible drowning

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Kona District
Lieutenant Jeremie Evangelista
Phone: 326-4646. Ext. 296
Report No. C15003310


Media Release

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a possible drowning in Kealakekua late last month.

On January 30, Kona Patrol officers responded to a 12:11 p.m. report of a drowning at Manini Beach, which is just south of Kealakekua Bay. When police and Fire Department personnel arrived, bystanders were attempting cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. Fire Department personnel took over attempts to revive the victim but were unsuccessful.

He has been identified as 72-year-old Anthony Lafata of Warren, Michigan.

The cause of death is being deferred pending additional forensic testing. Police do not suspect foul play. The case has been classified as a coroner’s inquest.