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Tourist who drowned off Waikiki Beach identified

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:31 p.m. HST, May 05, 2014

The Medical Examiner's Office identified a 51-year-old man who drowned off Waikiki Beach as Andrew Quintero of California.

The Medical Examiner's Office said Quintero drowned, but also died of other significant conditions that they deferred pending medical tests.

At about 8:40 a.m., lifeguards found Quintero approximately 30 feet offshore of Duke's Restaurant floating on his back and unconscious. Lifeguards administered CPR until paramedics arrived. He was taken in critical condition to the hospital, where he died.

Police said there were no signs of foul play.

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huponews wrote:
So sad, we are the drowning capital of the world. Almost, everyday we have a drowning in the islands. Like I said before, tourist come for a nice time and we send them home in body bags.... That's devastating! Just can't educate everyone, but we need a plan to help assist or cut down drownings. I remember way back, a visitor needed assistance in using her googles and snorkel...she had no clue on what to do if water got into her snorkel. She panicked... I had to actually train her. We spent another 15 minutes of training...blowing water out of her snorkel and learning how to relax, work on breathing and floating. Took a cup of water and poured some in her snorkel and had her blow it out with a deep breath. You assume they know what to do, but they really don't and they end up panicking...then they drown. Rentals, should provide training before renting equipment.... It would be a start....
on May 5,2014 | 08:16AM
salsacoquibx wrote:
i totally agree
on May 5,2014 | 12:11PM
kiragirl wrote:
Agree. Mostly all water activity companies don't care except for their profits as customers sign waivers absolving them of liability. Yes, we need to educate our visitors of the dangers and it should start with a video on incoming flights.
on May 5,2014 | 01:47PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
huponewa, any stats to prove we really are the drowning capital of the world? I can understand how you took the patience to teach the tourist how to snorkel.
on May 5,2014 | 02:57PM
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