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Illinois visitor dies after trying to save swimmer in distress near Spitting Caves

(Image: Dan Dennison) (Image: Dan Dennison)
(Image: Dan Dennison) (Image: Dan Dennison)
EAST HONOLULU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A man died after an act of good intentions turned into troubling moments in the water near a spot known as Spitting Caves Saturday.

A man identified by the Honolulu Medical examiner as 23-year-old Liviu Ciuperciuc sprang into action after a 19-year-old female swimmer was seen struggling in the water. 

The incident happened sometime Saturday afternoon. Officials say Ciuperciuc was visiting from Illinois.  

While attempting to rescue the woman, Ciuperciuc ran into trouble himself.

Bystanders were able to help the woman to shore, but Ciuperciuc needed additional help from emergency crews.

Rescuers reportedly found him in the area under about 40 feet of water.

They were able to rescue Ciuperciuc, transport him back to a nearby boat harbor, and into EMS care.

Officials confirm he later died. Honolulu's Medical Examiner is looking into his cause of death. 

The woman is listed in stable condition.

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