Spear Fisherman Dies Off Coconut Island

This morning at approximately 11:20 a.m., Officers responded to Coconut Island for a reported spear fisherman in distress.

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Upon arrival, along with Fire Department Rescue personnel, a 77-year-old male had already been removed from the ocean and was unresponsive. The male party was transported to Hilo Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Police are continuing the investigation an initiated an Coroner’s Inquest to determine exact cause of death. The name of the decedent is not being released at this time.

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