An autopsy report showed that the death of 27-year-old James McGivern, Jr. was accidental, due to drowning.
On Sept. 13, Hamakua Police responded to the report of a fisherman who had been swept into the ocean at Kawela’s Beach near Honokaa.
The incident happened at 2:30 p.m.
The Paauilo resident was picking opihi with two friends.
The Hawaii Fire Department recovered his body.
He was pronounced dead at the Hale Hoola Hamakua Emergency Room.
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