New Mexico diver dead - Kauaʻi island, Hawaii

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Visitor dies in waters off Poipu
HONOLULU (KHON2) - A male visitor from New Mexico died in waters off Poipu on Tuesday afternoon.

He has been identified as 51-year-old Steven Mitchell.

Shortly after 3 p.m., Koloa firefighters were notified of a CPR in progress on a dive boat that was heading towards the Kukuiula boat harbor.

According to police, Mitchell was part of a scuba diving tour that took place in waters off Poipu. While in the water, he was observed by another tour diver unresponsive and sinking. He was brought to the surface and onto the boat, where bystanders began administering CPR.

Firefighters arrived at the harbor, continued CPR and applied an AED. Medics arrived on scene shortly after and continued resuscitation efforts while they transported the man to Wilcox Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy is pending to determine the cause of the man's death. However, foul play is not suspected.

Volunteers with Life's Bridges, a grief counseling service, assisted the man's family.

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