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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Alaska visitor dies after Hanalei Beach rescue

Advertiser Staff

A 70-year-old visitor from Alaska died Sunday on Kaua'i after he was pulled from the water at Hanalei Beach.

According to a preliminary report, the Juneau resident was wading in the water about 20 feet from shore about 11:50 a.m. when a possible medical condition caused him to collapse.

The man's grandson had turned away for a few minutes to get a bodyboard and by the time he reached his grandfather, the man was face-down in the water.

Lifeguards brought the man to shore and performed CPR until firefighters from the Hanalei station arrived and took over CPR before turning him over to paramedics.