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Opihi picker apparently drowns off Kona

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 1:29 a.m. HST, Dec 30, 2012

A man believed to be in his 40s apparently drowned Saturday while picking opihi in an area off OTEC Road in Kona.

The victim reported went to pick opihi around 9 a.m. and was spotted around 3:30 p.m. floating face down about 100 yards off shore.

Hawaii County fire rescue personnel recovered the man’s body.

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