Calif. diver dies in waters off Kona Coast

Published On: Dec 13 2013 03:18:33 PM HST
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii -

Big Island police have initiated a coroner's inquest case in connection with the death of a diver Thursday, in waters off Kona.

At 7:12 p.m., Fire Department personnel responded to Honokohau Harbor for a report of an unresponsive man who was diving off the Kona Coast.

A 55-year-old man identified as James Uihlein of Fallbrook, Calif., had been scuba diving off a commercial dive boat when he became unresponsive. After returning to shore, Fire Department rescue personnel took him to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 8:27 p.m.

An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

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