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UPDATED: Teen drowning at Hapuna Beach Sunday


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UPDATE FROM POLICE MEDIA RELEASE

On Sunday (February 8), personnel from the Hawaii Police Department and the Hawaii Fire Department responded to a possible drowning at Hapuna Beach Park reported by county lifeguards.

A 17-year-old boy was found unresponsive in shallow waters off the beach, where lifeguards retrieved the body. Lifeguards immediately started cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. Fire rescue personnel took the boy to North Hawaii Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:39 a.m.

The victim is a visiting student from Japan here in Hawaii on a student exchange program. He was with fellow students and teachers on a field trip at the beach park when the incident occurred. His name is being withheld pending notification of family members.

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Ocean Safety personnel at Hapuna Beach State Park pulled an unconscious  male teenager from the water at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, performed CPR and used an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) in an attempt to resuscitate the teen. Fire/Rescue crews arrived on scene at 10:55 a.m, continued medical treatment and transported him to North Hawaii Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

No further information has been released by the fire department.

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