Man found dead off Big Island

HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - 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.

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