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Puna, HI – Police Investigate Drowning Death at Kehena Beach

August 22, 2022

Puna, HI (August 21, 2022) – Big Island police were called to investigate a possible drowning on Sunday, August 21st in Puna.

Officers with the Hawai‘i Police Department responded at about 6:00 a.m. to reports of a male swimmer in distress at the island’s popular Kehena Beach. 

Bystanders managed to extract the man from the ocean and administer CPR. Crews from the Hawai‘i Fire Department then responded and took over lifesaving efforts. 

Attempts at resuscitating the swimmer at the scene were unsuccessful. 

The 72-year-old Pāhoa resident was taken by ambulance to Hilo Medical Center where he passed away. 

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.

Lifeguard Negligence in Hawaii

Puna, HI - Police Investigate Drowning at Kehena Beach

Very serious injuries can be caused by lifeguard negligence, including:

  • Poolside slips and falls
  • Head trauma
  • Fractured bones/Broken bones
  • Drowning
  • Brain injuries
  • Fatalities

The nature and extent of your injuries will determine the compensation for which you are eligible. When someone is injured or killed due to someone else’s negligence, they are eligible to bring a claim of personal injury to safeguard their rights and secure the compensation they deserve.

Our personal injury lawyers have decades of experience dealing with these kinds of cases and are prepared to guide you and your family through the legal process.

Based on the facts of your specific case, one or more parties could be held accountable for your near-drowning accident. The experienced lawyers at Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner can determine who is responsible and help you file a suit. 

For example, it may not be only the lifeguard on duty who is liable for your injuries. Other potentially responsible parties can include:

  • The property owner
  • The property manager
  • Another lifeguard
  • The person in charge of training

Contact our Hawaii wrongful death lawyers today by calling (808) 537-2525 to schedule a free assessment of your potential claim to discover what legal options are available to you.   

Notes: Our team of writers uses secondary sources such as news reports, and local and state police incident reports to create these posts. We have not independently verified all of the facts surrounding this particular accident so if there is any information that is incorrect, please contact Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner right away so that we can update the post right away to reflect the most accurate information available. 

Disclaimer: This post is not a solicitation for business. The photo used in this post was not taken at the actual accident scene. None of the information in this post is intended to be legal advice or medical advice. If you are injured in an accident, seek medical assistance immediately. 

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