Two visitors die in separate ocean incidents on Kauai

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Two visitors are dead after apparently drowning in unrelated incidents on Kauai this past weekend.

The first occurred Saturday at approximately 4:45 p.m., when a 72-year-old man was observed swimming roughly 30 yards off shore fronting Plantation Hale in Wailua.

Officials identified him as Michael Stone of Boston.

They say Stone appeared to be in distress and signaled for help when a friend and another bystander swam out and brought him to shore.

Firefighters from the Kapaa station took over CPR until medics arrived and transported the victim to Wilcox Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Then on Sunday, a 48-year-old man was snorkeling at around 3:40 p.m. off Mahaulepu Beach in Poipu when he began showing signs of distress.

He was later identified as David Deville of Arizona.

Officials say two bystanders brought Deville to shore where fellow beachgoers, including a retired lifeguard and an off-duty nurse, began performing CPR.

Koloa firefighters continued CPR until medics arrived. He was pronounced dead at Wilcox Memorial Hospital a short time later.

Volunteers with Life’s Bridges, a grief counseling service, assisted the families of both victims.

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