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Kailua-Kona woman apparently drowns near Kailua Pier


A 67-year-old Kailua-Kona woman apparently drowned Wednesday in waters near the Kailua Pier.

She was identified as Nga Angie Prieto of Kailua-Kona.

In response to a 9:30 a.m. call, officers determined that a woman swimming near buoy No. 3 had discovered Prieto floating face down and unresponsive, police said.

The swimmer flagged down a tender boat from a cruise ship and the victim was pulled aboard, police said. Personnel on the boat attempted CPR and took the victim to shore, where Fire Department personnel continued CPR. They took the woman to Kona Community Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 9:57 a.m.

Police have ordered an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

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