Man who died after jumping from Spitting Caves identified
Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Gregory Spillman
HAWAII KAI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
The Medical Examiner's Office has identified a man who died after jumping off a cliff at 'Spitting Caves' outside Maunalua Bay.
19-year-old Gregory Spillman was a sailor attached to Naval Health Clinic Hawaii, he was from Alexandria, Pa.
The incident happened on Saturday, April 5 when Spillman jumped into the ocean and was swept out to sea by the current. Spillman was reportedly with friends who said they did not jump in because of the ocean's conditions.
Ocean Safety responded to Spitting Caves shortly before 5 p.m. We are told Ocean Safety lifeguards jumped in from the ledge and also responded by rescue watercraft.
Lifeguards found Spillman about 10-12 feet under water. Officials took him by jet ski to the Maunalua Bay Harbor, where they met officials from Emergency Medical Services and the Honolulu Fire Department.
Spillman was taken to a trauma center in critical condition where he later died.
Cause of death was deferred pending further investigation.
Spillman enlisted in the Navy in 2012 and attended Hospital Corpsman "A" School at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Jan. 2013. Upon graduation he attended the Field Medical Training Battalion at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Spillman reported to Naval Health Clinic Hawaii, March 2013. His wife, an active duty Sailor, is stationed at Great Lakes, Ill.
His awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.