A 79-year-old Kapaʻau
man was found dead Monday (December 2) while fishing with a throw net along the
North Kohala coastline.
He has been identified as Alfredo Orita.
His 71-year-old female companion reported that Orita was using a throw net
along the coastline near the Halaula lighthouse when she lost sight of him for
a few minutes. She then saw him floating face down in the ocean.
The Hawaiʻi Fire Department dispatched a helicopter and found Orita
approximately 200 yards offshore. A rescue helicopter was dispatched from Hilo
and recovered the body.
North Kohala patrol officers responded to the 11:23 a.m. call and initiated a
coroner's inquest investigation. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the
exact cause of death.