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UPDATE: Identity of Apparent Drowning Victim Released

October 8, 2015, 7:30 AM HST
* Updated October 8, 11:14 AM
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***Updated at 11 a.m. to include additional information from the Hawai’i Police Department.***

The Hawai’i Police Department has identified the 18-year-old victim who was pulled from waters of the Waikulu River Wednesday as Kevin Jay Ishikawa of Hilo.

Ishikawa was reportedly crossing the river after swimming with three friends near the Pi’ihonua Bridge when he was swept downstream.

Authorities say two of the victim’s friends pulled him from the river and attempted cardiopulmonary resuscitation until Hawai’i County Fire Department personnel arrived.

Ishikawa was pronounced dead at 4:24 p.m after being taken by HFD personnel to Hilo Medical Center.

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***Original story posted at 7:30 a.m.***

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An 18-year-old man died Wednesday after being plucked by bystanders out of the Wailuku River near the Pi’ihonua Bridge, according to the Hawai’i County Fire Department, who responded to a 3:36 p.m. report of a man in distress.

The victim, who has not yet been identified, reportedly went underwater for three to five minutes before bystanders were able to retrieve him and get him to the bank of the river.

HFD says the bystanders performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation until fire officials arrived.

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At 3:44 p.m., HFD personnel arrived on scene and extricated the man to a medic. The victim was treated and transported to the Hilo Medical Center in critical condition, where he later died.

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