Big Island opihi picker dies after getting swept into ocean


Big Island police say a family saw their loved one get swept into the ocean on Wednesday afternoon.

Police say Duane Breithaupt, 54, of Naalehu was with about ten family members at Kahakahakea Point in Kau.

They say he went to pick opihi from a cliff area when family members saw a large wave sweep him into the ocean where he struggled before disappearing.

The fire department’s helicopter found his body about four to five miles offshore.

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