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Waikoloa Information Update for June 28th, 2021

The Hawaii Police Department (HPD) is Investigate Possible Drowning in waters offshore of the Hilton Waikoloa Beach Resort in Waikoloa, South Kohala Friday, June 25th.

Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Hōlualoa) Team


Hawai’i Police Department South Kohala Patrol Sergeant Thomas Chun-Ming Phone: (808) 887-3080 Report No. 21-051358

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

On Friday, June 25, 2021, at approximately 1:36 p.m., South Kohala Patrol officers and members of the Hawai’i Fire Department responded to the Waikoloa Beach Resort area, to a report of an unresponsive male snorkeler.

The snorkeler was observed to be unresponsive and was assisted to shore. With the assistance of a bystander, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation was performed on the male prior to his being transported to the Queens North Hawai’i Community Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at 7:18 p.m.

The victim has been identified as George Diec, a 73-year-old visitor from Illinois.

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

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