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'Anaeho'omalu Information Update for June 8th, 2021

68-year-old Alabama man drowns in waters of 'Anaeho'omalu Bay in Waikoloa, South Kohala Tuesday morning (June 8th).

Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Hōlualoa) Team

The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responding to a report of an apparent drowning at 'Anaeho'omalu Bay in Waikoloa, South Kohala Tuesday morning (June 8th).

The initial call came in at 10:14 am Tuesday morning and HFD crews from the South Kohala Fire Station along with HPD officers from the South Kohala Patrol responded to the scene located at 'Anaeho'omalu Bay in Waikoloa, South Kohala.

Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came in from bystanders aboard a recreation vessel reporting they found a swimmer (described as a male in his 60s) was found unresponsive in the water located within 'Anaeho'omalu Bay and brought the unresponsive swimmer aboard the vessel, where they immediately began life-saving measures on the male patient. The vessel brought the patient to the Pentagon mooring in 'Anaeho'omalu Bay to await the arrival of emergency crews.

Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, bystanders brought the patient to shore to HFD personnel onshore where they took over life-saving measures on the patient and later transported him to the North Hawaii Community Hospital in extremely critical condition.

The HIRSC Team has later learned the male patient was pronounced a short time after arriving at the North Hawaii Community Hospital.

HPD continues to investigate the incident. (Press released below from HPD)


Hawai’i Police Department South Kohala District Sergeant Joseph Passmore Phone: (808) 887-3080 Report No. 21-046017

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

On June 08, 2021, at approximately 10:14 a.m., officers responded to a report that an unresponsive man was pulled out of the waters at the Pentagon mooring which is located off of Anaehoomalu Bay in the Waikoloa Beach Resort area.

After receiving a 9-1-1 call from a charter snorkeling boat, Hawai’i Fire Department medics performed cardio-pulmonary resuscitation before transporting the victim to the Queens North Hawai’i Community Hospital. The unresponsive man was pronounced dead at 11:22 a.m.

He was identified as 68-year-old Harry Wakefield of Alabama.

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

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