Woman drowns while scuba diving off Poipu

POIPU — A 59-year-old Oregon woman died while scuba diving off Poipu on Wednesday morning.

Officers said the woman was scuba diving with a tour group about 9:30 a.m. when she showed signs of distress.

The diver was brought into the tour boat unresponsive and bystanders performed CPR while the boat returned to shore for assistance, according to a county news release.

Koloa firefighters met the tour boat at Kukuiula Small Boat Harbor and continued CPR. Medics then transported the victim to Wilcox Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The woman’s name has not yet been released.

An autopsy is pending.

This is Kauai’s ninth drowning of 2016.

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