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.