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 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
If the autopsy shows Telfer’s death was the result
of a drowning, it will be the sixth this year.