Diver Dies Near Spitting Caves

(KHNL) - A 46-year-old man from Costa Rica died while scuba diving in the Spitting Caves area of Maunalua Bay in Hawaii Kai.

Police say the victim was a certified SCUBA diver in the Army Reserves.

"Approximately 9 this morning, the fire department got a call for SCUBA diver in distress," said Honolulu Fire Capt. Albert Mahoe.

A group of SCUBA divers with Aaron's Dive Shop in Kailua was swimming in the bay. One of the divers said they were underwater for only 20 minutes, when they were told to head back to the boat.

"Scuba diver is in his mid-40s, was met outside Spitting Caves, where a lifeguard jumped on board and performed CPR," said Mahoe.

"We saw the fire trucks and ambulances coming here and we saw them bringing the ski-doos. We knew someone was in trouble out there," said Cathy Larsen, witness.

The diver died, but it's unclear what happened. Fire officials say he wasn't the only one in distress. Three other divers also called for help.

Capt. Mahoe said the swells weren't too bad, but the wind and current can be dangerous. And beach goers said today's condition wasn't the best.

"Just a little windier than normal," said Pete Larsen, resident.

State and Coast Guard officials are now investigating the diver's death.

This isn't the first time rescue crews have been out to the Spitting Caves area. In March, a Navy sailor jumped into the ocean in the same area, but was never found.