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New York tourist is Kauai's 17th drowning victim this year

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 11:43 p.m. HST, Nov 16, 2013

The Kauai Fire Department identified today a visitor from New York who died after snorkeling off a south Kauai beach Friday.

The 58-year-old man was identified as Douglas Sposato of Stony Brook, N.Y.

Sposato had been snorkeling at about 2:25 p.m. Friday in an area fronting Lawai Beach Resort in Koloa when his brother noticed he was having difficulty.

Bystanders pulled the unresponsive man to shore and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Firefighters from Koloa station arrived and took over CPR and connected their automated external defibrillator, but he remained unresponsive.

Medics transported Sposato to Wilcox Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Sposato is Kauai's 17th drowning victim this year.

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