Man identified in fatal Puna climbing accident

PUNA (HawaiiNewsNow) - The California man who died after being swept into the ocean in Puna on Sunday has been identified.

According to officials, Paul Tam-Mai, 22, was climbing on a rocky cliff at the end of Paradise Drive in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision when a wave knocked him into the ocean.

Tam-Mai was then swept out about 100 yards out to sea.

A fire rescue crew discovered him face down in the water and performed CPR.

He was transported to the Hilo Medical Center and then to the Queen's Medical Center.

He was pronounced dead Monday night.

Officials have classified the case as a public accident.

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