Hawaii island police seeking more information on Kona boating death
  • Thursday, January 17, 2019
  • 73°

Top News

Hawaii island police seeking more information on Kona boating death


Hawaii island police are investigating an incident involving a boat that ran aground that resulted in one death in Kailua-Kona on Saturday evening.

At about 8 p.m. Saturday, the Hawaii County Fire Department received an emergency call regarding a boat that had crashed into a cliff along the shoreline fronting the Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport. Based on information provided at the time, there were two occupants aboard the vessel. One was responsive, and the other was not.

At the scene, firefighters found an unresponsive male in the ocean fronting the airport. Paramedics were not able to revive the man, and he was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He has been identified as Benjamin Charles Keely, 29, of Hawaiian Acres.

The second occupant of the boat was identified as 48-year-old Gary Witt, 48, of Hawaiian Ocean View Estates. He suffered non-life threatening injuries and is currently listed in stable condition at Kona Community Hospital.

An autopsy to determine Keely’s cause of death has been scheduled for Wednesday.

Detectives with the Area II Criminal Investigation Section, working in collaboration with the Department of Land and Natural Resources, ask anyone with information to contact Detective David Matsushima at 326-4646 ext. 224 or David.Matsushima@hawaiicounty.gov.

No comments
By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. Because only subscribers are allowed to comment, we have your personal information and are able to contact you. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, email commentfeedback@staradvertiser.com.

Scroll Up