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3 Japanese tourists drown in separate incidents on Oahu

By Gregg K. Kakesako

LAST UPDATED: 04:30 p.m. HST, Aug 16, 2013

A swimmer who died Thursday after being pulled unconscious from Hanauma Bay Sunday was the third elderly Japanese tourist to get into trouble or drown in waters around Oahu.

All three victims were men in their 70s.  

The Medical Examiner’s office identified the latest victim as Fumio Kudo, 76, of Omori, Japan.

Police said the 76-year-old tourist was pulled out of the water at Haunama Bay Sunday after another swimmer found him unconscious in the water. Lifeguards performed CPR  before he was taken to the hospital, where he died Thursday.  An autopsy will be conducted Monday to determine cause of death.

Jessica Lani Rich, president and executive director of the Visitors Aloha Society of Hawaii, said she is concerned that the number of visitors who get into trouble in the water seems to be going up. Rich’s non-profit private organization was founded by the Honolulu Rotary Club in 1997 to aid visitors who have been victims of a crime or other adversities.

On Monday, Kazuo Takino, 73, of Osaka, Japan, drowned while snorkeling off Heeia Kea Pier.

The Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy Tuesday and determined cause of death was accidental drowning.

When paramedics arrived at the scene, efforts were already under way to try to revive Takino using CPR. Paramedics took Takino to the hospital in critical condition where he died. The incident occurred just before 2 p.m.

On Wednesday, Fumio Ando, 79, of Aichi, Japan died while swimming at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Lagoon in Waikiki.

He was taken in critical condition to the hospital at 3 p.m. where he died.  An autopsy determined that Ando drowned.

Rich said her organization contacted the families of the three Japanese tourists to offer them assistance. Two of the families declined and instead relied upon their tour companies.

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allie wrote:
this happening way too much
on August 16,2013 | 08:40AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Tourists should be made aware that the ocean is NOT a calm, shallow saltwater swimming pool.
on August 16,2013 | 09:09AM
serious wrote:
How about the Hilton Lagoon? That's what it is. Just like hiking or diving, they should go in pairs or be watched.
on August 16,2013 | 09:23AM
paniolo wrote:
Agree. ALWAYS use the "buddy system."
on August 16,2013 | 11:51AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
serious, I don't know. How deep is the Hilton Lagoon?
on August 16,2013 | 03:30PM
jess wrote:
Maybe hotels should offer swimming lessons for adults? I know that the ocean is not a pool but the Hilton Lagoon and Kaneohe Bay are some of the calmest waters around the island.
on August 16,2013 | 10:37AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
I hope the Hawaii Tourism Authority is working with all facets of the tourism industry to warm tourists. Drownings and shark attacks do not bode well for tourism.
on August 16,2013 | 10:57AM
cojef wrote:
The Japanese senior male population is most at risk as indicated in the article, the first age 76, then 73, and finally 79. It is incumbent on the Japanese tour companies to caution their clients on the hazards posed by taking on activities beyond one's physical capabilities. Karma.
on August 16,2013 | 11:06AM
IAmSane wrote:
on August 16,2013 | 03:34PM
awahana wrote:
What hospital?
Where are the lifeguards or tour chaperones?
on August 16,2013 | 12:23PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
IRT awahana, I don't think it's the chaperones' responsibility to watch over them. Not being sarcastic. Just saying.
on August 16,2013 | 03:33PM
Oio wrote:
I am sorry to hear that far too many men are drowning in Hawaii's water. This comment is about men, in general, not tourist. My condolences to anyone who drowns. It is tragic. The average male, (arbitrary age cited here) at age 50 is out of shape. Brain thinks, "Yeah, I can do it", body says "no way, you free style 3-feet and you're hyperventilating!" Guys aren't practical or realistic as women, they think, we're still Spuds McKenzie. Anything less than Spuds, we'd never admit it!! Men want to relive their childhood not realizing our bodies are terribly unconditioned. Fatality rates for men by and large are higher than women, and there's a reason for it. Dudes, we're stubborn, sometimes stupid, sometimes over-confident and wishful thinkers. Or all of the above. We cannot lose sight of our limits. Be safe guys, and women. Be safe.
on August 16,2013 | 04:14PM
loio wrote:
why all the hand-wringing. ancient Japanese males can't be expected to have common sense, or not to die when they're old and do things they maybe shouldn't? that's life. how about a little personal responsibility, without all the "somebody shoulda done something different" stuff. old people die, including while swimming.
on August 16,2013 | 05:21PM
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