Official autopsy results for late state health director Loretta Fuddy reveal she was a poor swimmer and never swam in ocean waters.
Fuddy was one of nine people on board a Cessna plane, Makani Kai Air, when it lost power and crashed into the water off Kalaupapa, Molokai last December. Fuddy died from acute cardiac arrhythmia, or an irregular heartbeat, due to hyperventilation.
According to the report, witnesses saw Fuddy exit the aircraft with her flotation device and was “markedly afraid” while waiting for rescue personnel to arrive. She was pronounced dead after being brought to shore.
The report says reported ocean conditions included relatively calm five-foot waves that occasionally splashed over the face of the crash victims as they awaited rescue.