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Police identify 21-year-old man who died near Hanauma Bay

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A dangerous and restricted shoreline area in East Oahu has claimed another life. 

The Navy has identified the sailor who died over the weekend after he was washed into the ocean while hiking outside Hanauma Bay.

Andrew Villolovos was at the spot known as "Rock Bridge" with friends when he was swept into the water just after noon on Saturday. Villolovos had apparently gone hiking along the ridge trail above the bay.

"He had two friends with him," said HFD Battalion Chief Geoffrey Chang. "One of them tried to help him but the surf was too big, so they watched him and tried to talk to him and then they lost sight of him after a while."

The fire department and Ocean Safety crews conducted a search along the shoreline, on the surface and underwater, while the U.S. Coast Guard searched offshore. HFD divers discovered the Villolovos' body nearly three hours after he disappeared.

"At about 2:50 p.m., we did find his body in about 110 feet of water," said Chang.

The man's body was transported to personnel at the Maunalua Bay boat ramp. His identity has not yet been released.

Rock Bridge is the same area where a couple was swept into the ocean last October. The body of Jojo Acosta was recovered, but his girlfriend, Noemi Alcotas, was never found.

Chang said Saturday's search was difficult because of the big waves and poor underwater visibility. He stressed safety because of the high surf.

"If you don't know the area, don't even go near the water. Check with lifeguards first," he said. "If there's no lifeguards around, go to a beach where there is lifeguards, because they're the ones that are going to give you the best advice."

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