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Alberta man dies while scuba diving in ‘rough surf’ off Hawaiian coast
Third drowning in Honokohau area in past week, according to police
William Savage, 59, of Okotoks, was with a scuba diving tour north of Honokohau when the incident occurred, police reported.
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CALGARY — An Okotoks man has died while scuba diving in “rough surf” off the coast of Hawaii’s Big Island.
Police say William Savage, 59, was with a scuba diving tour north of Honokohau when he ran into some trouble.
“He was diving and a large surge pushed him into an underwater tunnel,” said Chris Loos, a spokeswoman for the Hawaii Police Department.
“He managed to get out of the tunnel and climb out onto some rocks when a second surge came up and hit him,” she said Wednesday.
“He was knocked into the water and he didn’t come back up.”
When Savage failed to surface, other members of the tour pulled him onto the boat and began CPR, before emergency responders rushed him to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
An autopsy has been ordered…
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