Drowning victim's family asks for public's help in finding GoPro camera

Drowning victim's family speaks

LAIE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Friends and relatives of a Waipahu man who drowned off of Malaekahana Beach on Saturday are asking for the public's help in finding the man's GoPro camera.

Thirty-eight year old Dante Biacan died Saturday while he was shooting underwater video. But the camera was lost while he was being pulled out of the water.

"If we get that GoPro, a least we could see what actually happened," said Vengelin Lomibao, a family friend.

Another longtime friend Elmer Magaoay added:

"It's important to us because we're not sure what happened. It (provides) some kind of closure to us ... to have an idea of what happened."

They added that Biacan was a good swimmer and was familiar with the waters around Malaekahana Beach.

He is survived by his wife Jocelyn and by two sons and two daughters.

Biacan worked in construction as a concrete finisher and was assigned to the rail transit project.

Friends and family gathered at their Waipahu home on Monday and shared their fond memories of the man.

"Ask anyone, he was a good man ... a good dad to everyone and just generally a good friend to everyone," said Magaoay.

Family members are urging anyone who finds the camera or its video contents to call 230-9340.

"If anyone finds it please return the contents, no questions asked ... We just want the SIM card on it," Magaoay said.

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