East Hawaii News

Apparent Drowning Reported Near Honoka`a

September 13, 2013, 6:29 PM HST
* Updated September 13, 6:31 PM
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A man picking opihi on the shoreline near Honoka`a apparently was swept into the ocean and drowned this afternoon.

A fire department helicopter arriving at an area known as Kawela’s off Waipio Road at 2 p.m. found the 27-year-old man unconscious and floating face down.

A rescue swimmer deployed from the chopper placed the man into a Billy Pugh net. He was flown to a waiting ambulance which took the victim to the emergency room at Hale Ho`ola in Honoka`a.

The man has not been identified.

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