Visitor dies Monday after snorkeling in Kipu Kai waters

A 62-year-old female visitor from Michigan was pronounced dead at Wilcox Memorial Hospital yesterday, after getting into trouble in ocean waters near Kipu Kai while snorkeling.

According to information from the Kaua’i Fire Department, the visitor was snorkeling, began hyperventilating while in the water, and was assisted back to the tour boat by her husband and others.

While aboard, she lost consciousness, and an off-duty nurse who was a passenger on the boat began administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Meanwhile, the boat raced back to Port Allen, where an ambulance was waiting to bring the victim to Wilcox. The American Medical Response ambulance crew put the woman on a back board, and continued administering CPR during the ride to the hospital.

An autopsy will likely be conducted to determine cause of death.

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