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Man who died after jumping from Spitting Caves identified

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 04:38 a.m. HST, Apr 09, 2014

<br />2013 June 23 - CTY - Two young men and a young woman jumped off the cliff at Spitting Caves on Sunday just before Ocean Safety officials gathered at the spot presented Guillermo Arrubla, 36, a visitor from Arizona, with an award for rescuing a woman who was pulled out to sea Saturday after jumping off the same cliff. HSA photo by Sarah Zoellick&#13;&#13;hawaii kai east oahu ocean rescue&#13;The area is located at the end of Lumahai St. In the Portlock area.<br />

The Medical Examiner's Office has identified a 19-year-old Pearl City man who died after he jumped off a ledge at the Spitting Caves area near Maunalua Bay as Gregory Spillman.

Cause of death was deferred pending further tests.

Spillman died Saturday at the hospital, where he was taken in critical condition after he was swept out to sea by a strong current after jumping from a ledge.

Lifeguards found the man about 10 to 12 feet underwater. They used a rescue watercraft to bring Spillman to Koko Marina.

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anerac wrote:
Even for thrill seekers, it's hard to imagine jumping into Spitting Caves. You literally have to land within a 10' circle of pool or else you're dead. It's like a 70' drop to the bottom where there is an under water cave that will suck you in.
on April 8,2014 | 12:36PM
false wrote:
Thanks. I guess we know what he died of.
on April 8,2014 | 01:07PM
glenn57377 wrote:
Is swimming at this place a common occurrence? Are drownings happening often?
on April 8,2014 | 02:56PM
Wazdat wrote:
So sad. I have lost 2 friends jumping off and they were both good watermen. Goes to show that you never know what can happen. Usually you hit hard or your head hits your knee's and you knock out. Always should be alert when people are jumping and have friends with fins watching just in case.
on April 8,2014 | 03:18PM
Pocho wrote:
you need a life preserver, water cooler, etc., some sort long pole to retrieve the distressed person. I know you may mean well in trying to save a fellow in distress but he/she may take you under with them
on April 8,2014 | 05:35PM
2disgusted2 wrote:
How sad! Suicide or stunt?
on April 8,2014 | 05:06PM
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