Kona Man Dies Following Suspected Drowning

July 21, 2022, 9:47 AM HST
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A Kona man is dead after a suspected drowning near a county park along the 5700 block of Ali‘i Drive on Sunday, July 17, 2022.

Just before 4:30 p.m., Hawai‘i police responded to a report of a paddle boarder in distress. The 63-year-old unresponsive man, later identified as Dante Del Rosario, was pulled from the water by bystanders who began administering CPR.

Del Rosario was transported to the Kona Community Hospital where he was later pronounced dead at 5:48 p.m.

A coroner’s inquest has been initiated and the investigation remains ongoing pending an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

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