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Japanese visitor dies after becoming unresponsive while scuba diving off Oahu

  • STAR-ADVERTISER / MARCH 2012

    Divers wait to board a dive charter boat at Kewalo Basin.

A 27-year-old Japanese visitor died Tuesday after he became unresponsive while scuba diving off south Oahu.

The Honolulu Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man as Tatsumi Umemura, of Nagoya, Japan.

His cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy.

Umemura was on a scuba diving expedition about 10 a.m. when the boat crew noticed he was unresponsive in the water, an Emergency Medical Services spokeswoman said. The crew pulled him back on board and performed CPR on him until paramedics took over treatment at Kewalo Basin Harbor.

Paramedics transported the man to a hospital in critical condition, and he later died.

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  • Not that it would have changed the unfortunate outcome, but where was the victim’s diving buddy?The article states it was the boat crew that noticed Mr. Umemura was unresponsive.

  • VERY SAD, INDEED. BUT, what I don’t understand is the fact that the majority of our Local Legislators and Council Members are, for the most part–“unresponsive”–and they’re still living (presumably)…

  • These incidents are happening too often. Water activities such as this should be regulated. Oftentimes they are under staffed and their customers sign waivers absolving the company of any wrong doing. Legislators, do something!

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