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