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Kona, HI – Coroner’s Inquest Initiated Following Death of Scuba Diver at Wawaloli Beach

July 26, 2022

Kona, HI (July 26, 2022) – Hawai‘i police were called to investigate the death of a scuba diver at Wawaloli Beach, also known as OTEC, on Sunday, July 24th in Kona. 

At about 12:00 p.m., police responded to reports of a scuba diver in distress. The 45-year-old man became unresponsive while he was in the water. 

Group members managed to get him to shore and were able to render CPR until responders arrived. The victim was transported to the Kona Community Hospital where died a short while later.

A coroner’s inquest has been launched and an autopsy is pending to establish the exact cause of death.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.

Tourist Accidents in Hawaii

Kona, HI - Coroner's Inquest Initiated Following Death of Scuba Diver at Wawaloli Beach

In Hawaii, there are seemingly countless activities that pose a risk of injury to those who participate, like ziplining, jet skiing, horseback riding, scuba diving, boating, parasailing, cliff jumping, and many others.

There are, sadly, many organized group activity leaders and guided tour operators who neglect to implement the mandatory safety measures that are required for their participant’s safety. It is also not unusual for their shared equipment to have been poorly maintained and their employees to have little to no training.

Almost every corporation that manages these kinds of group recreational activities makes their patrons sign a waiver before they are allowed to participate in order to protect the company from any liability when injuries occur.

Owners are also required to make sure their patrons are physically able to participate and are given any and all essential instructions. If an owner, manager, or employee neglected to do so, your waiver is likely invalid.

The belief that signing a waiver bars an injured victim from bringing a personal injury claim as a matter of due course is a misconception. A waiver only provides protection against inherent dangers affiliated with the activity that were fully disclosed.  

Our Hawaii personal injury lawyers can review your signed waiver as well as all of its contents and provisions and determine the scope of its validity. 

If you were hurt while taking part in an organized group activity or guided tour, you may be eligible to pursue compensation.

It seems to almost be an industry standard for tour and activity operators to place the blame for any injuries on their own patrons. Accident reports filled out by owners, managers, or their employees commonly construct a false narrative that in no way reflects the actual events surrounding the incident. 

Their reason for doing this is, of course, to shield their company from any liability. At Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner, our Hawaii recreational injury attorneys will fully investigate the circumstances of your accident and effectively decide if negligent behavior on the part of an employee, operator, or owner played a role in your injuries.

When you contact our Hawaii vacation accident lawyers at (808) 537-2525, you can rest assured that we will start work on your case right away. We work diligently to make sure that our client’s rights are protected and that they receive the compensation the law entitles them to.  

Notes: Our team of writers uses secondary sources such as news reports, and local and state police incident reports to create these posts. We have not independently verified all of the facts surrounding this particular accident so if there is any information that is incorrect, please contact Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner right away so that we can update the post right away to reflect the most accurate information available. 

Disclaimer: This post is not a solicitation for business. The photo used in this post was not taken at the actual accident scene. None of the information in this post is intended to be legal advice or medical advice. If you are injured in an accident, seek medical assistance immediately. 

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