10-08-15 Apparent drowning in Wailuku River

Hawaiʻi Police Department
South Hilo Patrol
Captain Richard Sherlock
Phone: 961-2213
Report No. C15029639


Media Release

An 18-year-old man died Wednesday (October 7) after being swept down the Wailuku River in Hilo.

He has been identified as Kevin Jay Ishikawa of Hilo.

In response to a 3:34 p.m. call, police learned that Ishikawa had been crossing the river after swimming with three friends near the Piʻihonua Bridge, when he was swept down stream. Two of his friends pulled him from the river and attempted cardiopulmonary resuscitation until Fire Department personnel arrived. He was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 4:24 p.m.

Police have initiated a coroner’s inquest investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

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