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Honokōhau Information Update for February 24th, 2022

The Hawai’i Police Department is investigating a possible drowning that occurred in Kailua-Kona late Wednesday afternoon (February 24th).

Published by: HIRSC - Hawai’i Island (Hōlualoa) Team

Hawai‘i Police Department

Kona Patrol

Sergeant Kimo Keliipaakaua

Phone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 253

Report No.: 22-016645

Media Release

Hawai‘i Island police are investigating a possible drowning in Kona.

At 5:25 p.m. on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, officers responded to Honokōhau Small Boat Harbor for a report of a male party that went unconscious while participating in a dive tour.

Officers determined that the dive tour boat had left the harbor shortly after 4 p.m. and was 50 yards from shore when one of the divers became unresponsive. CPR was administered for 45-60 minutes until the boat arrived back at the harbor. Medical personnel continued CPR on the man however, he was still unresponsive.

The man, later identified as 64-year-old Larry Bullock from San Diego, was transported to Kona Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 9:33 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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