A 75-year-old man has died following an apparent drowning incident near Kualanui Point in Keauhou Tuesday morning (December 10th).
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to reports of a swimmer in distress incident that occurred near Kualanui Point in Keauhou Tuesday morning (December 10th).
The initial call came in at 9:38 am Tuesday morning and HFD crews from the Keauhou and Kailua Fire Station along with Battalion 1, Chopper 1 (from the Waiakea Fire Station), and Chopper 2 (from the South Kohala Fire Station) responded to the scene located approximately 1/8 mile offshore of Kualanui Point near Lekeleke Bay in Keauhou.
Upon the arrival of HFD crews, reports had initially had come in that a swimmer (described to be a 75-year-old man) gotten into distress in waters offshore of Kualanui Point and bystanders onshore immediately called for help and awaited the arrival of HFD units.
Once HFD crews arrived at the scene, they met with bystanders and later discovered the male swimmer was found floating in the water. Upon HFD crews setting up Chopper 2 with a Billy Pugh Net for extrication of the swimmer from the water, nearby canoe paddlers pulled the swimmer from the water and immediately began life-saving measures on the male until arriving back onshore at Keauhou Bay. Once at Keauhou Bay, HFD Medics took over life-saving measures and shortly thereafter transported the male to the Kona Community Hospital in extremely critical condition, where he was later pronounced dead.
HPD is currently investigating the incident.