8-11-22 Police Investigate Possible Drowning Incident at Shipman Beach

Hawai‘i Police Department
Criminal Investigation Division – Area I
Lieutenant Rio S. Amon-Wilkins
Phone: (808) 961-2252
Report No.: 22-070214                                 

Media Release

Hawai‘i Island police are investigating the possible drowning of a 16-year-old boy and his missing 14-year-old brother in waters off Shipman/Haena Beach in Puna.

On Thursday afternoon, August 11, 2022, at 3:20 p.m. Puna Patrol officers along with Hawai’i Fire Department personnel responded to the Shipman/Haena Beach for a report of multiple swimmers in distress.

Responding personnel learned that several adults and the two boys were swimming when they were swept out by the current and high surf. The two adults and the 16-year-old were rescued from the water by the fire department’s helicopter. The 14-year-old has not yet been located.

Hawai‘i Fire Department medics immediately began cardio-pulmonary resuscitation on the 16-year-old, as they began transporting him to the Hilo Medical Center. Life-saving measures continued at the hospital, however were unsuccessful. The victim was pronounced dead at 4:51 p.m.

Area I Criminal Investigation Section personnel responded to assist in this investigation.

Police have initiated a coroner’s inquest investigation for the 16-year-old victim. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

A missing person case has been initiated for the 14-year-old boy who remains missing. Hawai‘i Fire Department and the United States Coast Guard continued searching the area until nightfall. The Hawai’i Fire Department will resume their search at daybreak on Friday morning.    

This entry was posted in Media Releases. Bookmark the permalink. Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.
  • Keep your community safe through Crime Stoppers

    Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers does not record calls or subscribe to any Caller ID service. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

    The Crime Stoppers TV Program is available on-demand from Nā Leo TV.