Possible drowning victim at Kehena Beach identified

Hawaii Island police have initiated a coroner’s inquest investigation into the death of a North Kohala man who was swimming in rough water at Kehena Beach in Pahoa Sunday afternoon.

Police and Fire Department personnel responded to a 12:06 p.m. call of a man in distress in the water offshore. Several people attempted to assist the man back to shore but were unable to get to him due to the rough ocean conditions. The swimmer was last seen going under the water.

His body was later recovered by fire/rescue personnel approximately 100 feet from shore.

He has been identified as Erik Collins, 43, of Kapaʻau.

An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

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