California visitor who died at a Kauai beach was a police officer in Santa Monica

California visitor who died at a Kauai beach was a police officer in Santa Monica
Rashad Riley. (GoFundMe)

POIPU (HawaiiNewsNow) - New details have emerged over the death of a visitor who died in the waters off Kauai’s Shipwreck’s Beach last week.

He was identified as 40-year-old Rashad Riley of Santa Monica, Calif.

According to a GoFundMe page, Riley was a police officer with the Santa Monica Police Officers’ Association. For three years, he served with the department’s PAL program and was a member of his police department’s Homeless Liaison Program.

A preliminary investigation showed that around 2:40 p.m. on April 13, he jumped off a ledge at Shipwreck’s when he became distressed near the rocky area.

Bystanders lost sight of him and eventually called 911.

Multiple rescue crews were dispatched and his unresponsive body was found around 3:20 p.m.

He was taken to Wilcox Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Jumping off the ledge at Shipwreck’s is a popular activity at the beach.

Riley was a beloved figure in the community. He leaves behind a wife and three children.

This story may be updated.

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