A 40-year-old male visitor from Santa Monica, Calif., died Friday afternoon in waters off Keoneloa Bay, also known as Shipwreck Beach, in Poipu.
His identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
According to a preliminary investigation, the man jumped off the point at Shipwreck’s and was swimming back to shore when he apparently became distressed near the rocky area, police said. Bystanders lost sight of him and called 911 at approximately 2:40 p.m.
Lifeguards from an Ocean Safety Bureau roving patrol, firefighters from the Koloa station and the Air 1 helicopter searched for the man, whose body was located at around 3:20 p.m. by the helicopter team with the help of surfers who were also assisting in the search, police said.
Lifeguards on a personal watercraft recovered the body and brought him to shore. He was transported to Wilcox Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead. An autopsy is pending.