German tourist drowns

LIHUE — A 26-year-old man visiting from Germany drowned while surfing off the coast of Anahola Thursday morning.

According to a preliminary Kauai Police Department investigation, the man — his identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin — was surfing in waters off Anahola Beach, fronting the area known as Kumu Camp, when he lost his board and became distressed in a series of waves shortly before 10:30 a.m.

A KPD news release said lifeguards responded and pulled the unresponsive man to shore, where they began administering CPR. Lifeguards and firefighters dispatched to the scene continued resuscitation efforts until the man was transferred to responding medics.

He was transported to Wilcox Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

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