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Autopsy confirms that diver died due to drowning at Yokohama Bay

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 05:41 p.m. HST, Oct 15, 2012

The Honolulu Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the 67-year-old Mililani man who died Sunday while free-diving in Yokohama Bay near Waianae as Robert Tamashiro.

An autopsy confirmed that Tamashiro died from “asphyxia due to drowning,” the office reported.

Tamashiro’s body was found at 11:45 a.m. in an underwater cave by a fire rescue diver.

Tamashiro’s family said he often free-dived in the area. His car was found between Yokohama Bay and Makua Cave, according to Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Capt. Terry Seelig.

Tamashiro was taken by rescue boat to the Waianae Small Boat Harbor.

Efforts to revive the man were unsuccessful, Seelig said.

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SteveToo wrote:
Sorry bout the loss of life for sure. But....Yokohama Bay is in JAPAN not HAWAI`I. It's Keawa`ula you idiots.
on October 15,2012 | 08:46AM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
I don't know how it got its name, but I'm 58 yrs old and ever since I was a kid everyone including Hawaiians born and raised in Makaha refer to the bay as Yokohama. Rest in peace Bob Tamashiro. Because of the rip tide due to the 2 countervailing currents meeting at Kaena point, Yoks is a dangerous bay even in the summer. Probably Mr. Tamashiro has dived that spot many times but one mistake is all that it takes. As a kid I used to surf and dive at Yoks but not anymore I know my limits now that I passed the big 50.
on October 15,2012 | 12:35PM
olos73 wrote:
@Steve, a lot of places have names in other countries, states, etc. There's Manila in Philippines, and a town in Utah. We have Waikiki here, and there's a Waikiki in Australia. Here on Oahu there's Kunia, which was the pineapple plantation area owned by Del Monte Corporation that's past Schofield Barracks, and Kunia next to H1 by Waipahu which was originally called Royal Kunia, but most people just refer to it as Kunia. And, how many Waipio's or Waimea's can you find in Hawaii? Same name, different place.
on October 15,2012 | 07:49PM
allie wrote:
so sorry aboutt his...RIP
on October 15,2012 | 10:03AM
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