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Kauai police identify 31-year-old visitor who drowned off Secret Beach

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Kauai police have identified the male visitor who drowned in waters off the North Shore Wednesday afternoon.

Jonathan Seim, 31, of Washington, died while swimming in waters off Kauapea Beach, also known as Secret Beach.

Shortly before 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Seim was distressed and yelled out for help, according to a statement from Kauai police. Bystanders tried to help and found him unresponsive face down in waters roughly 20 feet from the shoreline. They brought him to shore to administer CPR.

Hanalei firefighters, lifeguards and medics transported Seim to Mahelona Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy is pending to determine Seim’s cause of death and foul play is not suspected, Kauai police said. 

Correction: An earlier version of this story said Seim was transported to the hospital, where he died. It also said Life Bridges volunteers were assisting with grief counseling, but Seim's family said the group did not provide help.
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