Kauai officials report 10th drowning of the year

HANAPEPE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Rescue officials have confirmed that Kaua'i's tenth drowning occurred Thursday night off Glass Beach in 'Ele'ele, when a man died while spear fishing with friends.

He has been identified as John-Eric Parinas.

According to a preliminary police report, the 35-year-old 'Ele'ele man was diving in waters off Glass Beach at around 9 p.m., when he apparently experienced a muscle cramp and attempted to make his way to shore.

While walking along a rock ledge, Parinas was reportedly swept away by waves. Friends then located him underwater and brought his unresponsive body to shore and performed CPR while awaiting medical assistance.

Firefighters located the victim down a rocky cliff and navigated through rough surf to carry him out of the area on a Stokes litter. Medics then transported him to Kaua'i Veterans Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

While there are no ocean advisories posted Friday, winter surf conditions continue at all north and west facing shores, with swells expected to rise through the weekend. Calmer conditions can be expected on the south and east facing shores.

Beachgoers are urged to swim near a lifeguard. For up-to-date information on ocean conditions and a list of lifeguarded beaches, visit www.kauaiexplorer.com.

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