Kauai drowning victim identified

LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - The 65-year-old New York man who drowned in waters off Lydgate Beach Saturday afternoon has been identified as David Nichols.

According to police, Nichols had been swimming with his daughter in a part of the beach known as Kitchens, near the Wailua Golf Course. His daughter swam in but she became concerned for her father's welfare and called 911 for assistance at 3:25 p.m.

Firefighters from the Kapa'a station were en route to the scene when nearby lifeguards on an ATV located the man's body floating roughly 25 yards from shore. A lifeguard swam out and brought the man to shore where awaiting firefighters immediately performed CPR. An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) was applied but no shock was advised.

Lihue Medics then continued CPR while transporting Nichols to the Wilcox Hospital Emergency Room where he was pronounced dead.

His family is being assisted by Life's Bridges, a grief counseling service.

Rescue officials urge the public to ask questions of lifeguards, or those who are knowledgeable of the area, before entering the water. And always heed posted warning signs and ocean advisories.

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