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Woman, 21, who drowned in waters off Makapuu tide pools is identified

The Honolulu Medical Examiner’s Office has identified a 21-year-old woman who drowned in waters off the Makapuu tide pools Saturday as Kristen E.M.W. Pang of Kaneohe.

Honolulu Ocean Safety, Honolulu Fire Department and the U.S. Coast Guard responded to a call of a swimmer in distress at about 8:40 a.m.

According to the fire department, a woman, later identified as Pang, was last seen standing on a ledge near the water when a wave swept her into the ocean.

Conditions were described as rough at the time with 3- to 5-foot waves and 10 to 20 mph winds.

At about 9:55 a.m., the Coast Guard located Pang’s body about a half-mile off of an area along the Ka Iwi shoreline known as Alan Davis Beach.

Lifeguards brought her to shore where EMS assisted with the death pronouncement.

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