Man apparently drowns trying to save relative at Laie Point

Man drowns trying to save relative at Laie Point

LAIE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A family fun-filled day out at Laie Point took a deadly turn Saturday afternoon.

"All I heard was, 'Dad...my Dad's drowning,'" said Bronson Johnasen, a Wahiawa resident.

Johnasen says he and his wife were fishing on a nearby cliff when they saw a man jump into the ocean to save one of his relatives in trouble.

Bryce Van Leuven heard the commotion too and he rushed to the rescue.

"I basically grabbed onto the rope and scaled down as close as I could and pulled him into a reef…kinda alcove," Laie resident Van Leuven said.

Van Leuven said he and other witnesses tried all they could to save the man until fire crews and ocean rescue arrived.

"We just kinda held him there and tried our best to hold on with the waves crashing into the wall.  It was pretty hectic," said Van Leuven.

Firefighters said when they got to the scene just before 2:00 p.m., the 26-year-old male was not breathing and he had no pulse.

Lifeguards took him by Jet Ski to a nearby beach.  That's where paramedics pronounced him dead.

"Praying for the family…I wish for the best and my heart goes out to them," said Johnasen.

"My heart really does just go out to his family and I just hope that everything you know ends up being just fine," Van Leuven said.

The identity of the man and the exact cause of death have not been released.

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