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Autopsies ordered for recent water-related deaths

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Tourists relax on the sands of Kuhio Beach in Waikiki with hotels rising in the background.

The medical examiner’s office will perform autopsies to determine the cause of death of  two people, including a visitor from China, who died in two separate water-related incidents last week.

On Thursday, Kirsten Abe, 20, of Wahiawa, was brought to shore unresponsive at White Plains Beach at Barbers Point at 9:45 a.m. She had been paddle boarding in the area.

Paramedics took the woman in critical condition to the hospital where she died.

Several hours later at 11 a.m. in Waikiki, Hong Zhou Pan, 36, of Zhe Jiang in China, was brought to the beach fronting Kalakaua Avenue near Kapahulu Avenue where CPR was administered.

Paramedics also took him to the hospital in critical condition, where he died shortly thereafter.

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