Utah man dies in Kauai bodyboarding accident

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KAUAI, Hawaii, May 26, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A 70-year-old Utah man died Friday afternoon while bodyboarding in waters off Waiokapua Bay, also known as Major’s Bay, in Kauai, Hawaii, officials said.

Kauai police have identified the man as Washington Bennett IV, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertister.

Bennett was reportedly bodyboarding in the bay when he was found unresponsive in the water. Beachgoers brought the man to shore and administered CPR.

Pacific Missile Range Facility emergency crews arrived on scene, followed by Waimea firefighters and American Medical Response medics, Kauai police said.

AMR medics performed advanced resuscitation on Bennett while transporting him to Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

An autopsy is pending to determine the exact cause of Bennett’s death. Foul play is not suspected, officials said.

No other details of the incident have been released.

Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information is made available.


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