A 27-year-old spear fisherman died Wednesday afternoon while snorkeling at Pebble Beach in South Kona’s Kaohe Bay.
According to a written Fire Department statement, a witness said that about 4 p.m. he saw the man diving below the surface approximately 150 yards offshore. The witness ran to a nearby house and called 911 when the man didn’t surface.
A county helicopter located the man’s body under approximately 20-30 feet of water. Two rescue swimmers retrieved the man’s body. Once ashore, it was determined that he was dead.
An autopsy has been ordered and the victim’s name is being withheld until next of kin is notified.