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Canadian man, 70, apparently drowns off Kona coast

Published On: Mar 28 2013 10:37:48 AM HST

A 70-year-old Canadian man apparently drowned Wednesday at Kahalu?u Beach Park, according to Big Island police.

Responding to a 3:40 p.m. call, Kona police officers learned that witnesses had observed a swimmer snorkeling when he became motionless about 40 feet from shore.  A lifeguard brought the man ashore and began cardiopulmonary resuscitation.  The victim was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:13 p.m.

He has been identified as Ian Michael Gordon of Alberta, Canada.

Police have initiated a coroner’s inquest and are awaiting autopsy results to determine the exact cause of death.

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