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Autopsy shows Colorado man died from drowning in Puna

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:48 p.m. HST, Mar 27, 2013

Preliminary results of an autopsy performed Tuesday indicate that a 37-year-old Colorado man died of accidental drowning on Saturday in Puna.

The victim’s name is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of his family. 

Puna police officers said the victim had been jumping off cliffs at Orr’s Beach in the Waa Waa when he was caught in the current and pulled under.

Fire department personnel retrieved him from the water and took him to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

It was the 10th drowning death of a tourist in Hawaii this year and at least the 16th accidental tourist death overall here this year. Four other tourists were killed in traffic accidents and two died in falls from cliffs.

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