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Man Dies in Ocean After Running from Police

April 16, 2018, 4:22 PM HST
* Updated April 16, 10:18 PM
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The Hawaiʻi Island Police Department is investigating an incident in which a man appears to have died in the ocean off the Puna coastline.

At approximately 1:05 p.m., Monday, April 16, 2018, police responded to a reported “drop 911” call on Beach Road at the bottom of the Hawaiian Beaches subdivision in lower Puna.

Upon arrival, HPD officers located a group of adults and one of the men ran from them. He headed for the ocean where there was a 15-to 20-foot cliff.

Officers had a hold of him and tried to keep him from going over the edge, but he was able to escape their grasp and make it to a ledge five to 10 feet below.

Shortly after that, a large wave crashed against the side of the cliff and swept him into the ocean.

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He was observed by officers to be face down in the water and not moving for an extended period before disappearing from view.

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Hawai‘i Fire Department personnel were immediately summoned and responded with a helicopter, boat and jet skis. The search for the man continues.

Detectives with the Area I Criminal Investigation Section are continuing this investigation classified as a public accident.

Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to call the police department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Detective Jesse Kerr at (808) 961-2379 or [email protected]

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Video courtesy of Ikaika Marzo:

https://www.facebook.com/ikaika.marzo/videos/1772938579425337/

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