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Korean tourist apparently drowns at Hanauma Bay

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:18 a.m. HST, Jul 12, 2013

A 63-year-old visitor from Korea apparently drowned while snorkeling at Haunama Bay Thursday morning.

Lifeguards at the city park pulled the tourist out of the water and brought him to shore, according to an Emergency Medical Services Division report.

Attempts to revive the man failed and he died at 11:40 a.m.

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Sunny wrote:
Questions: Did the 63 year-old visitor ever snorkel before? Did he know how to swim? Do the businesses that rent the snorkeling equipment screen customers and warn them of the dangers involved or are they just taking their money?
on July 11,2013 | 01:06PM
allie wrote:
you got it
on July 11,2013 | 01:30PM
Pocho wrote:
on July 11,2013 | 01:58PM
kiragirl wrote:
From snorkeling to scuba diving and lots of other activities, it is to take their money. Just have them sign a waiver should anything bad happens.
on July 11,2013 | 01:31PM
MexMe wrote:
Are you kidding? The man was 63 years old! He knew whether or not he could swim! You want snorkel rental companies to have people take a test before they can rent a $4 snorkel set? How about testing people who buy snorkels, fins, surfboards, bathing suits, etc...? For all we know, the man had a heart attack or died or dehydration or even a stroke. Sometimes, it's just your time.
on July 11,2013 | 04:19PM
false wrote:
Pretty shallow where anyone can snorkel in Hanauma. Just have to stand up when you get tired but the puhi are huge and the fish nibble on your legs.
on July 12,2013 | 03:45AM
false wrote:
Don't understand how people drown at Hanauma. We did fine with summer fun and 15 year olds as life guards. It was the best "Hollywood" beach party summer in real life. So sad to hear of these losses in our ocean. People from far away just don't know how the ocean works.
on July 12,2013 | 03:44AM
gobows wrote:
SHOULDve required a physical exam, maybe a EKG test, BEFORE going snorkling too. or....maybe the guy renting the snorkel didnt speak KOREAN?
on July 11,2013 | 04:18PM
SteveToo wrote:
So sad. Now the city/state who ever owns it needs to close the bay down. Much to dangerous. Shoots they did it for Sacred Falls and the Makapu`u Climbing cliff. Why the double standard for the ocean??????
on July 11,2013 | 04:26PM
false wrote:
Because Hanauma is a theme park.
on July 12,2013 | 03:46AM
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