Police Investigating Possible Drowning in Kalapana

December 25, 2021, 5:24 PM HST
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Hawai’i Island police are investigating a possible drowning that occurred in the Puna district.

On Saturday, Dec. 25 at 1 p.m., officers responded to a report of a swimmer in distress in the Kalapana area. Hawai‘i Fire Department rescue personnel extracted the swimmer from the ocean and began cardio-pulmonary resuscitation along with County of Hawai‘i lifeguards however, attempts to resuscitate the victim at the scene were unsuccessful.

The body was that of a male in his early 40s however, positive identification will be made through fingerprint analysis.

Police have initiated a coroner’s inquest investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the police department’s non-emergency line at 808-935-3311.

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