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UPDATE: Fisherman Who Fell in Water Identified

February 6, 2013, 9:36 AM HST
* Updated February 7, 10:42 AM
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***Update posted at 5 p.m.***

Police have identified a man who died after falling in the water while fishing Tuesday night as 31-year-old Charles Lyon of Kea`au.

Police said Lyon was fishing with his brother on the shore of Hawaiian Paradise Park when he was washed out to sea.

An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

Update posted at 11:30 a.m.:

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The Hawaii Fire Department this morning recovered the body of a man who fell off the Puna shoreline while fishing Tuesday night.

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The man’s body was observed early this morning being pushed onto the rocky shoreline along Hawaiian Paradise Park by heavy surf.

A department spokesman said after a volunteer fireman from the HPP station confirmed that the man had died, Chopper 1 arrived and a Billy Pugh net was used to retrieve the body.

Family members on the scene confirmed the man’s identity, which has not been released.

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Posted at 9:36 a.m.:

A search resumed at first light today for a fisherman who fell into the water Tuesday night off a Puna subdivision.

Hawaii Fire Department personnel and volunteer firefighters responding to a 6:32 p.m. call learned from a member of the victim’s family that the fisherman hit his head in the fall and was observed floating face down in the water.

Search operations were hampered by a variety of conditions including strong currents, strong onshore winds, waves of up to six feet and showers that reduced visibility.

The incident occurred off Ala Heiau Road in Hawaiian Paradise Park.

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