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Possible Drowning at Kau Bay

January 13, 2017, 3:41 PM HST
* Updated January 13, 3:43 PM
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File photo, Kua Bay. Jamilia Epping

A coroner’s inquest investigation has been initiated in connection with a possible drowning in Kona on Thursday, Jan. 12.

At 11:15 a.m. Thursday, Kona Patrol officers responded to a report of an unresponsive man in waters off Kua Bay.

When officers arrived, beach goers were attempting cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.

Fire/rescue personnel took the man, identified as 57-year-old Brad O’Gara of Amboy, Washington, to Kona Community Hospital.

He was pronounced dead at 12:17 p.m.


Police do not suspect foul play. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

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