Hawai’i Police Department
South Kohala Patrol
Sergeant Thomas Chun-Ming
Phone: (808) 887-3080
Report No. 21-051358
Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a possible drowning incident that occurred in South Kohala.
On Friday, June 25, 2021, at approximately 1:36 p.m., South Kohala Patrol officers and members of the Hawai’i Fire Department responded to the Waikoloa Beach Resort area, to a report of an unresponsive male snorkeler. The snorkeler was observed to be unresponsive and was assisted to shore. With the assistance of a bystander, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation was performed on the male prior to his being transported to the Queens North Hawai’i Community Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at 7:18 p.m.
The victim has been identified as George Diec, a 73-year-old visitor from Illinois.
Police have initiated a coroner’s inquest investigation relative to this incident and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.