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Man Dies at Boiling Pots in Apparent Drowning

February 6, 2015, 11:33 AM HST
* Updated February 6, 11:35 AM
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A 33-year-old Puna man drowned at Boiling Pots in Hilo Thursday evening.

The Hawai’i Police Department says they responded to a 5:13 p.m. call where Hawai’i County Fire Department personnel had located a submerged man who was unresponsive. Fire officials attempted to revive the man, but efforts were unsuccessful.

According to witnesses at the scene, the man began to struggle while swimming under a waterfall.

Police say that he was taken to the Hilo Medical Center, where he was officially pronounced dead.

The man, tentatively identified as a Pahoa resident, has not been named pending positive identification and notification of his family.

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Foul play is not suspected, and the case has been classified as a coroner’s inquest.

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

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