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Police identify Seattle man in Wailea Beach swimming fatality


Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a possible drowning over the weekend in the South Kohala District.

At 9:35 a.m. Sunday (December 28), South Kohala officers responded to report of a male swimmer in distress at Wailea Beach in Puakō. A kayaker had found the swimmer motionless in the water and had taken him to shore.

Efforts to revive him with cardio-pulmonary resuscitation were unsuccessful. He was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The victim has been identified as 53-year-old David Green Thompson of Seattle.

An autopsy has been scheduled for Tuesday (December 30th) to determine the exact cause of death.

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