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Opihi picker swept into ocean dies Saturday (June 10)

By Hawaii 24/7 Staff

Fire/rescue crews responded to a 9:32 a.m. alarm Friday (June 9) to the shoreline near Cape Kumukahi Lighthouse in Puna for an Opihi picker swept into the ocean by a wave.

Two bystanders moved the unresponsive victim away from the rocky shoreline offshore where they were met by lifeguards on a jetski. The victim, a man in his 60s, was then airlifted via Chopper One to a medic unit at Cape Kumukahi Lighthouse where he was found to be dead.

The name of the man and cause of death has not been released. The police are investigating.

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