Visitor found dead in water near sunny Po’ipu beach

PO’IPU — A visitor from Roseville, Calif., was found dead in waters off a

Po’ipu beach near the Sheraton Kaua’i Friday afternoon.

According to

reports from the Kaua’i Police Department, John Tiltona, 56, was found by a

beachgoer floating face down about 4 to 5 feet from shore at about 12 p.m.

Tiltona was brought to shore by the beachgoer.

“He was pulseless,” said

Koloa Fire Capt. Bruce Akaji.

At least two doctors, firefighters and

paramedics tried unsuccessfully to revive him at the beach.

The man was

found in calm waters under sunny skies, Akaji said.

The beach where the

body was found is located west of Po’ipu Beach Park, a county facility where

lifeguards are posted.

After the body was recovered, it was transported to

Wilcox Hospital by a Borthwick Mortuary vehicle, according to the police.

Earlier in the day, the man told his wife that he didn’t feel well, Akaji


If an autopsy shows the man’s death was the result of drowning, it

would be the fourth drowning off Kaua’i’s shores this year.

Earlier this

week, 53-year-old Stanley Bucasas’ died at Queens Memorial Hospital. He had

been pulled unconscious from the water off Kekaha Beach on April 1 and died on

April 4.

Bucasas dove into the water and struck his head on the sandy

bottom along the shoreline.


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