Autopsy ordered for apparent drowning victim

LIHU’E — An autopsy has been requested by the Kaua’i police for a woman whose

body was found floating off Hanakoa Beach Saturday afternoon.

The autopsy

for the woman, whose name was not released, was expected to be done at Wilcox

Memorial Hospital.

The autopsy is a routine procedure. The death is not

considered suspicious by authorities.

If the woman died as a result of

drowning, it would be the eighth drowning on Kaua’i this year. The last

drowning occurred on May 25, involving a California man.

In the latest

incident, the victim apparently was sucked out of the lagoon at Ke’e Beach

while swimming before 4 p.m. Saturday and couldn’t make it back to shore,

authorities said.

The rescue operation began following reports of a

disoriented male at Ke’e Beach. The man was the husband of the victim and was

reported to be in ill health.

Three hours into the search by police,

firefighters from Hanalei and a search and rescue team from the LIhu’e Fire

Station, an Inter-Island Helicopter spotted the body 150 yards off Hanakoa

Beach, about 4.5 miles from Ke’e Beach, where the woman was initially reported

missing.

Two county lifeguards from Hanalei Bay recovered the body and took

it to Hanokoa Beach. The body was then taken taken to the hospital, according

to Capt. Jay Harms of the Hanalei fire station.

Staff writer Lester Chang

can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 225) or lchang@pulitzer.net

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