Fourth visitor dies this year in apparent drowning off Kauai

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A fourth visitor has apparently drowned on Kauai this year, county officials said.

This latest incident occurred Tuesday afternoon off Keoneloa Bay, also known as Shipwrecks, in Poipu.

Jake Jelinek, 74, of Colorado, was found unresponsive shortly after 4 p.m.

It was reported that he had gone swimming when he began having difficulty due to the large waves. It appears he hit his head on the reef during the struggle.

Upon noticing the man floating face down in the water, a family member swam out to him. With the help of bystanders, they brought the victim to shore and performed CPR until fire personnel arrived.

Efforts to resuscitate him on scene were unsuccessful. He was transported my medics to Wilcox Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Volunteers with Life’s Bridges, a grief counseling service, is assisting the victim’s family.

Jelinek’s death follows two deaths that occurred over the weekend.

On Saturday, Michael Stone, 72, of Boston was observed swimming roughly 30 yards off shore fronting Plantation Hale in Wailua when he ran into trouble.

Then on Sunday, David Deville, 48, of Arizona, was snorkeling off Mahaulepu Beach in Poipu when he began showing signs of distress.

The first drowning occurred on March 3 at Salt Pond Beach, resulting in the death of Travis Beckwith, 26, of Queen’s, New York.

Kauai officials say this time last year, the county had only one drowning, and a total of six drownings for 2014.

Seventeen people drowned off Kauai in 2013, officials said.

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