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Police Investigating Possible Drowning in Puna

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a possible drowning that occurred in the Puna district.


On Tuesday, (September 6), at 4:00 p.m., officers responded to a report of an unresponsive woman who had been snorkeling at Pohoiki Beach. Upon police arrival, Hawaiʻi Fire Department Rescue personnel and Hawaiʻi County Lifeguards were attempting cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. Attempts to resuscitate the victim at the scene were unsuccessful.

The identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification of her next of kin.

Police have initiated a coroner’s inquest investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

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