7th drowning victim identified

HANALEI – Byron Elmendorf, a 73-year-old man from Washington state, was determined to be Kauai’s seventh drowning victim of 2017. 

Elmendorf was bodyboarding in Hanalei Bay shortly before noon on Nov. 22 when he collapsed and was immediately brought out of the water by bystanders.

Hanalei lifeguards arrived, administered CPR, and applied an AED. Elmendorf could not be revived, and was transported by ambulance to Wilcox Medical Center.

The results of an autopsy performed on Nov. 29 showed drowning to be the preliminary cause of death.


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