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Arkansas visitor drowns off Kauai while snorkeling

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 04:47 p.m. HST, Mar 14, 2014



A 79-year-old visitor died in Poipu Friday while snorkeling in waters off Lawai Beach Resort. 

At about 11:30 a.m., a visitor from Arkansas was snorkeling with a tour group along with a family member. At some point, the family member noticed he wasn't with the group. They searched and found him further west of the group in a rocky area near the shoreline, according to county spokeswoman Sarah Blane. 

He was found floating, unresponsive in the water. 

Bystanders pulled him to shore and administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation until paramedics arrived, according to a news release from the fire department. 

The victim was transported to Wilcox Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His identification has not yet been released.  

The drowning is Kauai's first this year.

The National Weather Service has issued a high surf advisory from 3:24 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday. 







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kiragirl wrote:
This scenario is getting old. Why did he get separated and no one knew about it? He probably signed a waiver absolving the company of liability regardless if they were under-staffed. This industry needs to be regulated.
on March 14,2014 | 05:38PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Wasn't there another death of an elderly snorkeler recently? Maybe the diving tour guides and lifeguards should discourage people over 65 from diving and snorkel.
on March 14,2014 | 09:57PM
cojef wrote:
Good idea, also tour guide should always body count guest in his group. Took many trips in Spain and Morocco and tour guides always took body count before moving to a new location. In Morocco, tour company provided several security guards dressed like the us, as we made our way through the market-places and Casba to protect us from unsavory characters trying to scam us.
on March 15,2014 | 08:53AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
sail, visitors should realize that swimming in the ocean is not the same as swimming in a pool. Believe it or not, Mark Spitz, Olympic swimming champion, got into trouble swimming off Sandy Beach. that was decades ago, when Mark was still relatively young and strong.
on March 15,2014 | 09:00AM
honopic wrote:
Think about what you just said when you turn 65 and want to enjoy the ocean. Restrictions shouldn't be made on age alone, but on the physical fitness of the participants. There are 20-somethings who can barely walk a flight of stairs without gasping and 80-somethings who complete marathons. A swimming test might be a good idea before snorkel gear can be rented, but to disqualify people based solely on their age is discrimination.
on March 15,2014 | 09:57AM
sailfish1 wrote:
I didn't say "disqualify", I said "discourage". If they still want to do it, they can go ahead and do it.
on March 15,2014 | 12:29PM
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