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Kauai drowning victim identified

By Star-Advertiser Staff


A fisherman who apparently drowned off Kapaa Tuesday was identified as 65-year-old Anthony Viquelia, of Hanamaulu, a Kauai County spokeswoman said.

Viquelia was setting a net with two friends about 300 feet off Hotel Coral Reef about 4:45 p.m. when he started to drift away, said Kauai spokeswoman Mary Daubert.

His friends continued searching after losing sight of him, and one swam to shore for help.

Police officers and firefighters conducted an extensive ground, water and air search; a bystander found the man floating face down off Pono Kai Resort.

Firefighters performed CPR on Viquelia until paramedics arrived, then took him to Wilcox Memorial Hospital, where he died.

Daubert said a cause of death has not yet been determined.

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