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Ka'u Information Update for July 8th, 2020

Juvenile in critical condition following apparent near-drowning at Kawa Bay in Ka'u Wednesday morning (July 8th).

Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Hilo) Team

The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of a near-drowning incident at Kawa Bay in Ka'u Wednesday morning (July 8th).

The initial call came in at 8:59 am Wednesday morning and HFD crews from the Pahala and Na'alehu Fire Stations along with HPD officers from the Ka'u Patrol responded to the scene located on the shoreline of Kawa Bay in Ka'u.

Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came in from family members for a report of a juvenile (described as a male as the age of 5) found unresponsive on the shoreline of Kawa Bay and family members were commencing with life-saving measures until emergency crews arrived at the scene.

Once emergency crews at the scene, HFD and HPD crews proceed to the shoreline utilizing the off-road vehicle to reach the location of the patient, where HFD Medics took over life-saving measures and later transported the juvenile to Ka'u Community Hospital in extremely critical condition. The juvenile was later stabilized by emergency room staff at Ka'u Community Hospital and later transferred to the Hilo Medical Center for further medical treatment, where at this time, juvenile's condition remains unknown.

HPD continues to investigate the incident.

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