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Washington man apparently drowns off Kailua-Kona

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 04:14 p.m. HST, Nov 30, 2011


A 60-year-old man from Washington state died today while swimming in waters off White Sands Beach in Kailua-Kona. 

He was identified as Michael Gene Harvey of Centraila, Wash. 

At 8:09 a.m., Kona patrol officers responded to a report of a body floating off the beach. Bystanders pulled the man to shore, but firefighters said he was unresponsive. He was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:45 a.m. 

Police have ordered an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

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