Man found dead in Punaluu identified as missing diver

A 42-year-old man that was found dead Wednesday morning in Punaluu is said to be a diver that went missing the night before.

He was found and pronounced dead in the area of Punaluu Valley Road and Kamehameha Highway in East Oahu just after 3:30 a.m.

EMS says a diver was reported missing in the area on Tuesday night.

The Honolulu Fire Department received a call for a missing diver in the area at 10:10 p.m.

It was reported that the man was night-diving with friends about 100 yards off shore of the Punaluu Beach Park and failed to return to shore.

A search was initiated on the shoreline and by air through helicopter.

After more than two hours of searching, the operations were suspended at 12:30 a.m. and to resume at first light.

Then approximately at 3 a.m. bystanders reported locating the deceased diver near the Punaluu River mouth.

The diver was recovered and transferred to Emergency Medical Services personnel and was pronounced deceased at 3:36 a.m.

The man’s identity has not yet been released.

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