UPDATE: Wailea Beach Drowning Victim Identified
***Note: This story was updated at 5 p.m. to include the identity of the victim, according to information from the Hawai’i Police Department.***
The Hawa’i Police Department has identified the victim of a possible drowning at Wailea Beach in Puakō.
David Green Thompson of Seattle was found by a kayaker motionless on Sunday morning. The 53-year-old was taken to shore, where CPR was initiated. He was pronounced dead at Kona Community Hospital.
An autopsy will be conducted on Tuesday to determine the exact cause of death.
***Originally posted at 9:54 a.m.***
The Hawai’i Fire Department says that an apparent drowning occurred Sunday morning at Wailea Beach in South Kohala.
HFD personnel responded to reports of a swimmer in distress in the area of Wailea Beach. When they arrived on the scene at 9:48 a.m., responders found a 53-year-old male in cardiac arrest.
The man reportedly had been swimming when he experienced difficulty about 150 yards from the shore. He was brought to the beach by a kayak. Bystanders and lifeguards performed CPR.
Advanced Cardiac Life Support efforts were initiated upon HFD’s arrival without success and the patient was transported to the North Hawai’i Community Hospital.
Chopper 2, Medic 14, and a utility vehicle from station 14, as well as Hapuna Ocean Safety personnel, also responded.