Police have identified the man who drowned March 23 in Puna as 37-year-old Jay Patrick Corbett of Gunnison, Colo.
At 3:38 p.m. on that date, Puna police officers responded to a report of a swimmer in distress at Orr’s Beach in the Wa?a Wa?a area of Puna. They learned that the victim had been jumping off cliffs into the water with friends when he became caught in the current and pulled under.
Fire Department personnel retrieved him from the water and took him to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 5:50 p.m.
His name was initially withheld pending positive identification and notification of his family.