California man drowns attempting to save wife

HA’ENA — An autopsy has been scheduled for a 44-year-old visitor from San

Jose, Calif., who apparently drowned at Ke’e Beach Thursday after rescuing his


An autopsy for John Telfer was scheduled to be performed at Wilcox


Telfer and his wife, Ursula, were snorkeling near a channel at

about 4:30 p.m. when she got into trouble, the Kaua’i Fire Department


The man pushed his wife back to shallower water and was going to exit

the water when currents pulled him back in.

Beachgoers found him in front

of a beach located 400 yards west of Ke’e Beach and tried to revive him. After

arriving at the smaller beach, county lifeguards Luke Hamberg and Jodi Simpson

and five firefighters from the Hanalei fire station also attempted to revive

the man.

The firefighters and American Medical Response paramedics also

were prepared to use defribillators to try to save him, but didn’t use the

equipment because there was no signs of life from the man, according to a fire

department spokesman.

If the autopsy shows Telfer’s death was the result

of a drowning, it will be the sixth this year.


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