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Possible drowning at Waipio Valley leaves Puako man dead


Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a possible drowning in Waipio.

Hāmākua District units responded to a 1:35 p.m. report of a drowning at the beach in Waipio Valley. When police and Fire Department personnel arrived, bystanders were attempting cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. Fire Department personnel took over attempts to revive the victim but were unsuccessful.

He has been identified as 62-year-old James D. Barber of Puakō.

Police have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

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