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Man who apparently drowned off North Kohala coast is identified

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 1:40 a.m. HST, Dec 4, 2013

A  79-year-old Kohala man who apparently drowned while fishing with a throw net off the North Kohala Coast was identified as Alfredo Orita, police said Tuesday.

A 71-year-old woman fishing with Orita said he was using a throw net near the Halaula lighthouse when she lost sight of him for a few minutes and then saw him floating face down in the ocean. at about 11:20 a.m.

A Hawaii County Fire Department helicopter spotted his body about 200 yards offshore and a rescue helicopter brought it to shore.

An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

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