Colo. man dies in drowning off Puna

Victim was with friends jumping off cliffs

Published  12:30 PM HST Mar 27, 2013
HILO, Hawaii -

Preliminary results of an autopsy performed Tuesday indicate that a 37-year-old Colorado man died of accidental drowning, according to Big Island police.

At 3:38 p.m. Saturday, Puna police officers responded to a report of a swimmer in distress at Orr's Beach in the Wa'a Wa'a area of Puna.  They learned that the victim had been jumping off cliffs into the water with friends when he became caught in the current and pulled under.

Fire Department personnel retrieved him from the water and took him to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 5:50 p.m.

The victim’s name is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of his family.

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