UPDATE: Fisherman Swept Into Ocean Near Honomu Identified
***Updated at 4 p.m. to include name of victim and to correct location.***
A 37-year-old man apparently drowned Saturday afternoon after being swept into the ocean while fishing along the Honomu shoreline.
The fisherman was identified by police as Ian Tengan of Hilo.
Hawai`i Fire Department personnel arriving at the scene known as 23 Flats Beach near the 12-mile marker of Highway 19 met with the Tengan’s friend who said the man was washed off the rocks by heavy surf and then disappeared under the waves.
The victim’s body was located face down in the surf by two HFD divers.
An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.