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Good Samaritan tried to rescue man who died at China Walls

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Robin Bond, tried to rescue victim Robin Bond, tried to rescue victim

Good Samaritan Robin Bond was out body surfing at China Walls in East Oahu when a group of people told him they couldn't find their friend "TJ."

"I noticed a couple people looking like they were searching for something and I asked them what they were searching for and they said they misplaced a friend and it wasn't a big deal, and they kinda downplayed it," said Bond.

Bond says it was just after sundown and he couldn't see much. But something told him to drag his hand along the ocean floor.

"I couldn't see the bottom because it was dark already but I could at least drag a hand along there and might stumble on him and feel something, feel a piece of clothing or something," he said.

And he did. He felt a body.

"I just scooped him up from underneath his armpits and brought him back up," Bond said.

"I just isolated his head with my left arm and just started back stroking with my right and every two strokes would give him a couple rescue breaths.”

By the time Bond brought him to the rock wall, the Fire Department had arrived and took over.

"He was gone. We still tried, but when you're under water for that long, your brain is pretty much, you're brain dead," Bond said.

Bond says on his way to China Walls he had seen the fire truck turn around. He says the group of friends called the fire department at first, but then called them off thinking TJ would pop up. Bond says they were drinking a lot and were pretty intoxicated.

The 28-year-old man was transported to the hospital in critical condition, where he was pronounced dead.

"It's one thing to have a few beers and jump in the water. But to get really sauced and then come to a place like this, it be like getting hammered and going out to Pipe. It's not a recipe that's gonna result in anything but disaster," Bond said.

Police sources tell us the man was visiting from Pennsylvania and was supposed to head back home on Tuesday.

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