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9-year-old Kalihi Stream drowning victim identified

Daghes Tua Daghes Tua
KALIHI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

UPDATE:
The Honolulu Medical Examiner's office has identified the boy who died yesterday while swimming in the Kalihi Stream as 9-year-old Mike Grdosic. 

ORIGINAL STORY:

A 9-year-old boy has died after he was pulled from a stream in the back of Kalihi Valley on Wednesday.

Emergency officials say his friends pulled him from the water around 3:30 p.m., but it was too late.

When first responders arrived, the boy was not breathing and he was transported to the Kuakini Medical Center where he later died.

Daghes Tua said he and his cousin were swimming in the area known as "Tin Roof" around 1:00 p.m.

"We was swimming with four kids earlier, they were jumping off some high parts and we left and they kept swimming," Tua said.

Tua says they were elementary school aged kids.  And while he doesn't know if they were one of the kids who drowned, he says there was one child in particular who stood out to him.

"Telling this one kid to jump in…and his face looked like he was all nervous, scared."

Tua says after a while, he and his cousin left to go eat and as they were leaving they saw police and firefighters heading up the road.

Tua says he couldn't help to think about that young boy and wants to remind everyone to be careful while swimming in the stream.

"Be safe when you guys come out here, especially young kids, come out with an adult or something," he said.

The boy's identity has not been released. Police say it's classified as an unattended death.

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