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Coast Guard recovers body of missing Florida man in waters off Kauai

The Coast Guard recovered the body of a man in waters off Nawiliwili on Kauai today after he went missing early this morning.

The man was identified by Kauai County as 39-year-old Shane Uzzel of Hudson, Fla.

Personnel from county police and fire departments, the U.S. Coast Guard and Ocean Safety searched for Uzzel after he was reported missing after diving into the waters off Nawiliwili around 3:30 a.m. today.

Uzzel was reportedly cliff diving in waters off Nawiliwili when he was swept out to sea. The friend he was with lost track of him and reported him missing shortly afterward.

Around 6 a.m. Uzzel’s body was found by a Coast Guard helicopter 60 yards offshore, according to Kauai police.

A Coast Guard cutter then pulled him from the water and personnel administered first aid before he was transportated to a hospital. Uzzel could not be resuscitated, however, and he was pronounced dead at 7:45 a.m.

Correction: Shane Uzzel was 39 years old. An incorrect age was initially provided by Kauai County authorities.
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