Police: young man dies after jumping 50 feet into Nuuanu Reservoir

Capt. Rick Karasaki
Capt. Rick Karasaki

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

NUUANU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A man in his 20s died Sunday when he reportedly jumped 50 feet into a reservoir located in a restricted area in Nuuanu.

Police say the victim was among nearly a dozen young people who went onto the property without permission.

Emergency crews were called to Nuuanu Reservoir #4 for a swimmer in distress at about 11:30 AM. They quickly learned that a 23-year-old man had failed to surface after making the 50-foot jump from the tower to the pool below.

Fire officials say the victim was submerged in about 25 feet of water.

"We deployed our rescue divers," Capt. Rick Karasaki, Honolulu Fire Department, said. "About 45 minutes after the initial call, we were able to retrieve this body."

There is video posted on youtube.com showing the stunt being performed at that same reservoir. One angle shows how far down the water is.

We don't know if the young man involved in Sunday's incident was inspired by the online images. What we do know is that the Honolulu Board of Water Supply property is off limits to the public.

"There is fencing around the reservoir, as well as around the tower that controls the depth of the reservoir, as well as a lot of 'No Trespassing' signs," Kurt Tsue, Honolulu Board of Water Supply, said.

To get to the tower, you would have to walk across a bridge that is sealed off by a locked gate with a sign on it that says, "Danger. Keep off."

"We are currently investigating what happened, but we really don't have too much detail at this point," Tsue said.

The friends received trespass warnings and were free to go. The victim wasn't so lucky.

"After we brought the body up, he was transferred to EMS," Karasaki said. "There was no obvious signs of life."

The man was taken to the Queen's Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

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