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Kauai drowning victim identified

A 60-year-old man who died of an apparent drowning Thursday in waters off the Kekaha section of Kauai was identified as Vern White, a Kauai resident.

Firefighters from the Waimea station responded to a call of a swimmer in distress fronting St. Theresa Church about 3:50 p.m. Emergency responders arriving at the scene found two bystanders trying to assist the man after they heard him calling for help. Firefighters who swam out to the patient found his body unresponsive, Kauai officials said. He was brought to shore using a rescue tube and rescue board.

Medics transported White to Kauai Veterans Memorial hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The death was Kauai’s fourth drowning of the year.

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