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Kauai spearfisherman who apparently drowned is identified

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 04:16 p.m. HST, Mar 15, 2013

A 35-year-old man apparently drowned while spearfishing with friends Thursday, the 10th drowning  on Kauai so far this year.

He is identified as John-Eric Parinas of Eleele.

At about 9 p.m. Thursday, Parinas was diving in waters off Glass Beach when he suffered a muscle cramp and attempted to make his way back to shore. He was reportedly swept away by waves while walking along a rock ledge, according to a news release by the Kauai Fire Department.

Friends located Parinas underwater, brought him to shore and performed CPR until paramedics arrived. Firefighters transported Parinas to Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital,  where he was pronounced dead.

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olos73 wrote:
My ALOHA to his ohana. Too many tragic drownings on Kauai this year. Nuff already...
on March 15,2013 | 01:17PM
foursun wrote:
local divers evidently are not strong swimmers and out of touch with nature.
on March 16,2013 | 05:06PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
four - you sound awfully familiar
on March 16,2013 | 05:39PM
cojef wrote:
Seems strange that so many drownings are occurring on Kauai, both locals and tourists. Strange, like the beaches are cursed. Sad, it happened, but again this spear-fisherman was doing what he liked best. RIP.
on March 15,2013 | 02:16PM
copperwire9 wrote:
It's not a curse; it's big late-winter waves.
on March 15,2013 | 02:50PM
foursun wrote:
watchout, dangerous Kauai
on March 16,2013 | 04:53PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
four - hmmm, you sound suspiciously like someone I know...who was that now?
on March 16,2013 | 05:40PM
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