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Colorado man, 81, is 16th drowning victim on Kauai this year

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:26 a.m. HST, Sep 16, 2013

An 81-year-old visitor from Colorado died after being pulled from the water at Makua Beach Saturday, Kauai County officials said.

The man, from Colorado Springs, was snorkeling at Tunnels just after 11 a.m. about 20 to 40 feet from shore when he was spotted face down in the water, officials said. Bystanders brought him to shore and began performing CPR.

Officials said lifeguards from the Haena tower were first to respond to the scene and assisted the beachgoers with CPR until Hanalei firefighters arrived.

Paramedics transported the man to Wilcox Hospital, where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

About 16 people have drowned on Kauai so far this year. Many of the drownings have involved tourists.

On Sept. 6, a 67-year-old Lihue woman apparently drowned at Kalapaki Bay. On July 25, a 54-year-old man from Seattle drowned at Lydgate Beach Park..

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HonoluluHawaii wrote:
TIME magazine has a story in its most recent issue saying that as seniors age, if they continue to use their brain power in creative ways they can remain alert and happy for a good period of time after the norm, such as Frank Lloyd Wright. Older people sometimes need to know their limitations and that it is still a positive if one cannot do the physical activities in life that one were accustomed to during their younger years.
on September 15,2013 | 08:01PM
cojef wrote:
Any time you pass the 60th year, you have start considering your limitations. There was a resident in our community that played golf in 100's. Incidently he was born in Hanalei on Kauai and of Portuguese extraction. His father was a "paniola" for Princeville Ranch. I gave it up at 84 with a sciatica problem. However, there are some who still hang on the old idea that they go on and on, but age is relevent, meaning you know it when it's time to hang it up. Have fun posting on SA article on your laptop or i-Pad.
on September 16,2013 | 08:17AM
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