Police Investigate Late January Drowning
The Hawai’i Police Department is investigating a possible drowning that occurred in Kealakekua late last month.
According to the HPD, Kona Patrol officers responded to a 12:11 p.m. call on Jan. 30 reporting a drowning at Manini Beach, just south of Kealakekua Bay.
Upon arrival of police and Fire Department personnel, bystanders were attempting cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. At that point, Fire Department personnel took over. Attempts to revive the victim were unsuccessful.
The victim was identified as Anthony Lafata, 72, of Warren, Mich.
Pending additional forensic testing, the cause of Lafata’s death is pending.
Police do not suspect foul play was a factor. The case has been classified as a coroner’s inquest.