Washington Man Dies in Possible Drowning on the Big Island

A 60-year-old Washington man died Wednesday (November 30) while swimming in waters fronting White Sands Beach in Kailua-Kona.

He was identified as Michael Gene Harvey of Centraila, Washington.

At 8:09 a.m., Kona patrol officers responded to a report of a body floating off shore. By the time officers and firefighters arrived at the scene, the man had been pulled to shore by bystanders but was unresponsive. He was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:45 a.m.

Police do not suspect foul play. They have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

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