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Swimmer Pulled From Water Saturday Drowned

Posted March 27, 2013, 12:23 PM HST
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A 37-year-old Colorado man pulled from the water off a Puna beach Saturday died of drowning.

That was the results of an autopsy performed Tuesday, police said today.

Police and fire department personnel responding to a 3:38 p.m. call learned that the visitor had been jumping off cliffs with friends at Orr’s Beach off the Waawaa subdivision in lower Puna.

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The man apparently became trapped by currents underwater. He was pulled from the ocean and taken to Hilo Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 5:50 p.m.

His name is being withheld pending notification of family.

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