Diver drowns in waters off Kauai's Glass beach

Published On: Mar 15 2013 01:22:52 PM HST
Updated On: Mar 15 2013 04:14:50 PM HST
ELEELE, Hawaii -

Rescue officials have confirmed that Kauai’s tenth drowning occurred Thursday night off Glass Beach in 'Ele'ele, when a man died while spear fishing with friends, according to Kauai officials.

Police identified the man as John-Eric Parinas, 35, from 'Ele'ele.

According to a preliminary police report, the 35-year-old 'Ele'ele man was diving in waters off Glass Beach at around 9 p.m., when he apparently experienced a muscle cramp and attempted to make his way to shore.

While walking along a rock ledge, the man was reportedly swept away by waves.  Friends then located him underwater and brought his unresponsive body to shore and performed CPR while awaiting medical assistance.

Firefighters located the victim down a rocky cliff and navigated through rough surf to carry him out of the area on a Stokes litter.  Medics then transported him to Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Out of the ten drownings for Kauai this year, eight happened in the ocean and two happened in fresh water.

While there are no ocean advisories posted Firday, winter surf conditions continue at all north and west facing shores, with swells expected to rise through the weekend.  Calmer conditions can be expected on the south and east facing shores.

Beachgoers are urged to swim near a lifeguard.

For up-to-date information on ocean conditions and a list of lifeguarded beaches, visit www.kauaiexplorer.com.

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