Visitor drowns at Kauapea

KILAUEA — A man from Michigan drowned Thursday at Kauapea Beach in Kilauea.

Randy Thoen, 60, became distressed while swimming in the surf break Thursday morning, according to a county press release.

Police said bystanders on shore signaled to surfers in the water, who then brought Thoen to shore, where one of the surfers, an off-duty firefighter, immediately began to administer CPR.

First responders were dispatched to Kauapea Beach, also known as Secret Beach, around 11:30 a.m. Firefighters, lifeguards from the north roving patrol unit, and American Medical Response medics arrived on scene and took over resuscitation efforts, but Thoen could not be revived.

He was transported to Wilcox Medical Center and pronounced dead.

While rescuers were responding to Thoen, they were notified of a second person in distress on the beach about 100 yards from the scene.

Personnel found a 30-year-old male who was having difficulty breathing after being caught in the surf break. Lifeguards administered oxygen and assessed the man’s vitals. An off-duty medical doctor also assisted the man. The man’s condition improved and he refused further treatment.

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