Puna drowning 04-09-12

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Puna District
Lieutenant Reed K. Mahuna
Phone: 965-2716
Report No. C12009277


Media Release

Puna patrol officers responded on Friday (April 6) at about 1:34 p.m. to a reported swimmer in distress at Shipman Beach in Keaau. The victim a 17- year-old male was swimming with a friend and began to struggle. The victim’s friend lost sight of the victim, swam to shore and called fire-rescue.

Upon officers arrival several Fire Department units were already on scene including a Fire Department helicopter. The victim was not immediately located.

Police were notified Saturday morning (April 7) at 7:25 a.m. that a body of a male party matching the description of the missing swimmer was located near Shipman Beach.

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

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.