A tragedy happened in the waters off of Sand Island.
A 2-year-old girl apparently drowned Monday afternoon in the area near the Honolulu Community College Marine Education and Training Center.
On Tuesday, the Honolulu Medical Examiner's office identified the toddler as Melisa Mizutani of Waipahu.
The toddler and her family were attending a barbeque with their church friends when somehow she ended up in the water. That was around 4 p.m.
Several good Samaritans tried to help.
"We noticed that they were pointing out to somebody on the water," witness Ala Ioane said.
A mother was standing on shore frantically screaming for help.
"I wasn't even paying attention 'til I heard them say it was a little girl in the water," Ioane said.
The current had already carried the toddler 50 yards from shore.
"Someone from the family jumped in to swim out to grab her," Ioane said.
A boater also came to the little girl's aid and he brought her to shore.
"And I told them to take her out so we can perform CPR. I'm actually a certified CPR for the Red Cross. So I help out. It was me and another gentleman. We did our best before the emergency people, ambulance got here," Ioane said.
Paramedics took the girl to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.
"It's sad how the outcome is. And bless her heart and family with what's going on," Ioane said.
Family friends say the girl's family is from Waipahu and originally from the Marshall Islands.
"They were saying thank you with helping out," Ioane said.
Ioane is a mom herself.
"It was sad, didn't even make me want to swim after. So sad. Very scary," Ioane's daughters Kiahna and Keke said.
Police have classified the case as an unattended death.
They don't believe there was any foul play.
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