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UPDATED: Teen drowning at Hapuna Beach Sunday

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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.


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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