Japanese Visitor Drowns Off Kohala Coast

A Japanese visitor apparently drowned Monday (October 22) off the Kohala Coast.

At 2:04 p.m., Monday, South Kohala patrol officers responded to a report of a possible drowning in waters fronting a resort located on Kaniku Drive. Arriving officers learned that resort personnel had pulled an unconscious male snorkeler from the water and attempted cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

The 35-year old victim, identified as Takashi Nakayama, was taken to North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police have classified the case as a coroner’s inquest. They have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

10/24/12 UPDATE:

An autopsy has determined that the cause of death for Takashi Nakayama of Japan was saltwater drowning.

Nakayama drowned Monday (October 22) in waters fronting a resort located on Kaniku Drive in South Kohala.

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