Kapa'au fisherman found dead on North Kohala shore

Published On: Dec 03 2013 01:57:39 PM HST
HILO, Hawaii -

A 79-year-old Kapa'au man was found dead Monday while fishing with a throw net along the North Kohala coastline, according to Big Island police.

The man has been identified as Alfredo Orita.

His 71-year-old female companion reported that Orita was using a throw net along the coastline near the Halaula lighthouse when she lost sight of him for a few minutes. She then saw him floating face down in the ocean.

The Hawai'i Fire Department dispatched a helicopter and found Orita approximately 200 yards offshore. A rescue helicopter was dispatched from Hilo and recovered the body.

North Kohala patrol officers responded to the 11:23 a.m. call and initiated a coroner’s inquest investigation. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

Police ask anyone with information about this incident to call Officer Dale Ku at 889-6540.


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