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UPDATE: Kona Drowning Victim Identified

September 28, 2013, 11:08 AM HST
* Updated September 30, 3:42 PM
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***Updated 3:42 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30.***

A woman who apparently drowned Friday afternoon while snorkeling at a North Kona beach has been identified by police as 44-year-old Carol Vandermyden of Captain Cook.

Vandermyden was spotted by beach-goers floating face-down in the area of Rocky Cove, located on the north side of Kua Bay.

An autopsy will be done to determine the exact cause of death.

Posted 11:08 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28:

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A 43-year-old woman apparently drowned Friday while swimming at Kua Bay in North Kona.

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Fire department personnel responding to a 2:11 p.m. call found that bystanders had pulled the woman from the water and had begun CPR.

People at the beach told paramedics that the woman had been spotted floating face-down in the water.

The victim was transported to Kona Community Hospital.

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A fire department spokesman said the woman, and her husband who was with her at the beach, are believed to be residents of Kona.

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