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Diver killed in Windward Oahu ocean accident identified, 1 man injured

KAILUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A windward Oahu ocean accident has left one man dead and sent another to the hospital.

The Honolulu Medical Examiner's office has identified the deceased as 59-year-old Sri Shim of Kailua.

The incident occurred Saturday about 1 p.m., when Shim and his 25-year-old stepson went diving between Kailua boat ramp and Lanikai Beach.

The pair ran into trouble when at least one of them was run over by another boater. A fire battalion chief at scene said there were dive flags in the area, but it is unclear if they belonged to the stepfather and stepson.

The 25-year-old was taken to a nearby hospital in serious condition.

Ollie Schubert saw the aftermath and says it was clear the stepson was in great pain.

"He was in bad shape. He was screaming in pain from the impact from the keel of the boat on his hip. He had a clear laceration through his triceps and to his thigh where he got hit by the propeller for, sure" Schubert said.

EMS officials, who spoke with family members of the victims, say Shim was a veteran waterman.

"As far as the free diver [stepfather] goes, we're told that he is a very experienced free diver who knew what he was doing out there. Obviously, his family is distraught over this," said EMS spokeswoman Shayne Enright.

The victims anchored their boat about 300 meters offshore; Shim's body was found about 200 feet north of their kayak.

Shim leaves behind three daughters and a granddaughter. It's unclear if he was also struck by the boat. Autopsy results will determine the cause of his death.

Family members of the victims pass along sentiments of gratitude to the first responders on scene during the harrowing experience.

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