Man reportedly drowns near Onekahakaha Beach Park

HILO — A man in his 40’s appears to have drowned in the shallow tidal flats of the popular Keaukaha-area beach park on Friday evening.

A man has reportedly drowned in the waters of Onekahakaha Beach Park, fire officials said.

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The Hawaii County Fire Department says it responded to the popular Keaukaha-area swim area at 8:41 p.m. on Friday evening.

When they arrived, an approximately 40-year-old male was found unresponsive in shallow tidal flats fronting Onekahakaha Beach park.

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The cause of the drowning is unknown, the department said.

Several people night diving off shore Onekahakaha Beach Park reported the man was having “difficulty breathing,” a release from the department stated. “He was assisted towards shore by a friend, who then reported the victim went unresponsive in shallow waters, near where he was found by HFD personnel.”

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