Spectator drowns at canoe race

HANALEI — A 46-year-old Kekaha man died Saturday afternoon while watching a canoe race in Hanalei, a county news release states yesterday.

Darren Gonsalves was holding onto a buoy used for canoe races in the water fronting Hanalei Pavilion at around 2:49 p.m.

At the start of the race, Gonsalves let go of the buoy and began swimming away.

As he headed to the beach, people in the area saw him go under. They dove in, located Gonsalves and brought him to shore on a surfboard.

Rescue personnel performed CPR on Gonsalves on the beach and medics continued resuscitation efforts en route to Mahelona Medical Center in Kapa‘a where he was pronounced dead.

Additional information was unavailable at press time.

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