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.