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Japanese visitor dies in apparent drowning off Kohala Coast

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A Japanese visitor died Monday in an apparent drowning off the Kohala Coast, Hawaii County police said.

South Kohala patrol officers responded at 2:04 p.m. to a report of a possible drowning in waters fronting a resort on Kaniku Drive, police said. Resort personnel had pulled an unconscious male snorkeler from the water and attempted cardiopulmonary resuscitation, police said.

The victim was taken to North Hawaii Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police identified him as Takashi Nakayama, 35. Police ordered an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

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