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Kona Man Dies After Being Pulled from Keauhou Bay

December 1, 2015, 3:04 PM HST
* Updated December 1, 3:06 PM
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Both a coroner’s inquest and a public accident case have been initiated by the Hawai’i Police Department.

The two cases stem from an incident that took place Friday at Keauhou Bay, where two men were pulled from the water after running into issues while swimming in the bay.

One of the two men died late Friday afternoon.

Police responded to a 3:45 p.m. call , where they learned that a 58-year-old man was swimming on the north side of the bay when he began to call for help and appeared distressed.

Two Oregon men who were with the struggling man attempted to assist him, but instead, one ran into trouble himself. The other returned to shore to call for help.


A Kona man pulled the two men onto his boat and attempted cardio-pulmonary resuscitation until Fire Department medics arrived and took the pair to Kona Community Hospital.


The 58-year-man, identified as Gregory Crisafi of Kailua-Kona, was pronounced dead at 4:46 p.m.

An autopsy has been order to determine Crisafi’s exact cause of death.

The second man who was taken to the hospital has not been identified. He was treated for minor injuries.


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