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Police Investigate Possible Drowning Incident in South Kohala

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a possible drowning in South Kohala.

On the morning of Sunday, June 13, 2021, South Kohala patrol officers and members of the Hawai’i Fire Department responded to a 9-1-1- call reporting an unresponsive male snorkeler at Anaehoʻomalu Bay.

The snorkeler was part of a chartered tour.  The tour crew noticed he appeared to be in distress while a few hundred feet from the Anaehoʻomalu Bay shore.  The crew brought him back to the tour boat and performed cardio-pulmonary resuscitation while transporting him to shore. Hawai’i Fire Department medics continued CPR and transported the victim to Queen’s North Hawai’i Community Hospital.  The unresponsive man was pronounced dead at 7:52 p.m.  He was identified as 52-year-old Steve Reading of Murrieta, California.

Police have initiated a coroner’s inquest investigation relative to this incident and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

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