Canadian Visitor drowned while swimming in waters offshore of Polulu Valley Beach Monday morning (July 22nd).
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to an apparent drowning incident that occurred at Polulu Valley Beach Monday morning (July 22nd).
The initial call came in 11:30 am and crews from the North Kohala Fire Station along with Battalion 2 and Chopper 1 from the Waiakea Fire Station responded to scene at Polulu Valley Beach.
Upon the arrival of HFD crews, bystanders reported male swimmer was found unresponsive in waters offshore Polulu Valley Beach and bystanders brought the swimmer back to the beach and immediately began life-saving measures until HFD crews arrived on scene.
Once HFD on scene in Polulu Valley, HFD Medic personnel immediately took over lifesaving measures, but later declared the patient dead on arrival (DOA) and extricated the patient via Chopper 1 from the beach to a landing zone atop of Polulu Valley and later turned the scene over to HPD where they continued their investigation into the incident.
HPD has since identified the swimmer as 68-year-old Otto Molnar from Calgary, Alberta (Canada) and says an autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.