A Washington State visitor has been identified as Kauai's seventh drowning victim of 2017.
Byron Elmendorf, 73, was bodyboarding in Hanalei Bay shortly before noon on Nov. 22 when he collapsed and was immediately brought out of the water by bystanders.
Hanalei lifeguards arrived on the scene, administered CPR, and applied an AED. Elmendorf could not be revived and was transported by ambulance to Wilcox Hospital.
The results of an autopsy performed on Nov. 29 showed drowning to be the preliminary cause of death.
Representatives from Life’s Bridges, a grief counseling service, assisted Elmendorf’s family.