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Woman dies after car goes into ocean off Laie Point

By Leila Fujimori

LAST UPDATED: 9:16 p.m. HST, Feb 10, 2014

Friends, family members and area residents arrived at Laie Point Monday afternoon as news spread of the death of a woman in her 40s whose car went over the cliff into the ocean below.

"That's my kids' favorite aunty," said relative Perth Aloua, who identified the woman as Lisa Oura. Although she didn't have any children of her own, "she raised everybody's kids."

"She's a happy person," said Aloua, who is married to Oura's niece. "She's a sweet lady."

Three people at the scene unsuccessfully tried to rescue the woman from the submerged four-door sedan found upside-down in 20 feet of water, 50 feet away from the cliff on the Kaneohe side of the point, said fire Capt. Terry Seelig. She was the sole occupant of the car, he said.

Fire personnel arrived shortly after the 1:30 p.m. incident. Rescue divers, free diving, opened the car without the use of tools and pulled the woman out, placed her on a rescue board and paddled to shore. They and Emergency Medical Services performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation to try to revive her.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

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