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Tennessee man dies in latest drowning on Kauai

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 04:33 p.m. HST, Jun 27, 2013

A Tennessee man died after being found unconscious Wednesday afternoon while snorkeling in waters off Nualolo Kai along the Na Pali Coast, the Kauai County Fire Department said.

The 48-year-old man was part of charter group that had stopped in the area to allow patrons to swim and snorkel, the department said. Fellow swimmers found the man in distress at about 2:40 p.m. and brought him to shore. 

People performed CPR until fire department Rescue 3 aboard a helicopter arrived shortly after 3 p.m. Rescuers flew the man to Waimea Canyon Ball Park. Awaiting medics drove him to Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Officials did not immediately disclose the man’s name.

It was the 12th drowning on Kauai this year. Statewide, 27 tourists have died this year while engaging in outdoor activities such as swimming or hiking, including 18 drownings or apparent drownings.

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HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Another one.
on June 27,2013 | 04:59PM
sayer wrote:
Is snorkeling particularly dangerous? It seems a lot of the swimming deaths have been related to snorkeling.
on June 28,2013 | 07:00AM
kiragirl wrote:
For many, yes as many of them are unfamiliar with the ocean. The problem is with these water sports operators. They lack the amount of supervision because money is their objective. Shameful.
on June 28,2013 | 08:21AM
cojef wrote:
Kauai beaches have many mana and akua. Growing up on Kauai, always respected the sea. Some just can live on the beach. Had a brother that at low tide, go out and within 30 minutes come in with a "tako". He just knew where it lived. He cleaned it and strung it on a long bamboo pole, and dried it.
on June 28,2013 | 10:05AM
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