Kauai reports 5th drowning of the year

Published On: Feb 06 2013 04:40:00 AM HST
WAINIHA, Hawaii -

A 51-year-old male visitor from Sechelt, British Columbia drowned in waters off Wainiha on Kauai’s North Shore Tuesday afternoon, according to Kauai officials.  This is the fifth drowning to occur so far this year and the third drowning in less than a week.

The man was identified as Mark McLean.

“Our hearts go out to the families of all of the victims,” states Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr.  “Our community remains steadfast in our commitment to keeping our residents and visitors safe while enjoying all of what Kauai has to offer.  We will continue to work with our first responders, visitor industry partners, and all members of our community to educate the public on the potential hazards in nature and how to avoid them.”

A family member called Kauai Police Dispatch at 4:26 p.m. after noticing the man’s body lying face down in the Wainiha River, fronting a vacation rental near the Wainiha General Store.

Firefighters from the Kaiakea fire station responded to the scene and immediately began performing CPR until medics arrived and transported the man to Wilcox Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

According to a preliminary investigation, McLean jumped from a platform into the shallow water below.  A family member pulled McLean to shore.  Bystanders then began performing CPR until firefighters arrived and took over, but efforts to resuscitate McLean were unsuccessful.

Representatives from Life’s Bridges, a grief counseling service, is assisting McLean’s family.

This is first fresh water drowning to occur on Kauai and the fifth drowning so far this year.  By comparison, there were a total of two ocean drownings and two fresh water drownings on Kauai in 2012.

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