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'Anaeho'omalu Information Update for June 14th, 2021

The Hawaii Police Department (HPD) investigating a possible drowning incident that occurred in the waters of 'Anaeho'omalu Bay in South Kohala late Sunday morning (June 13th).

Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Hōlualoa) Team

Police Investigate Possible Drowning Incident in South Kohala

Dear Benjamin Agdeppa,

Hawai’i Police Department South Kohala Patrol Sergeant Thomas Chun-Ming Phone: (808) 887-3080 Report No. 21-047507

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a possible drowning in South Kohala.

On June 13, 2021, at approximately 11:01 a.m., South Kohala patrol officers and members of the Hawai’i Fire Department responded to Anaehoomalu Bay, located within the Waikoloa Beach Resort, on a 9-1-1 call of an unresponsive male snorkeler.

The snorkeler was part of a chartered tour, a few hundred feet from the Anaehoomalu Bay shoreline when the tour crew noticed he appeared to be in distress. The crew brought him back to the tour boat and performed cardio-pulmonary resuscitation while transporting him to shore. Hawai’i Fire Department medics continued CPR and transported the victim to Queen’s North Hawai’i Community Hospital.

The unresponsive man was pronounced dead at 7:52 p.m. He was identified as 52-year-old Steve Reading of Murrieta, California.

Police have initiated a coroner’s inquest investigation relative to this incident and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

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