Harry Evans of Springfield, Oregon, apparently drowned Tuesday while snorkeling off the south shore of Kauai, county officials said.

Friends found the 75-year-old man unresponsive at Hanakaape Bay in Poipu and pulled him to shore.

Koloa firefighters attempted to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead after being transported to Wilcox Hospital.

It was the first drowning of the year on Kauai.

The island of Kauai
There were six drownings on Kauai in 2015, five of whom were visitors. Courtesy: NASA

Civil Beat published a multi-part series in January on tourist safety. It found snorkeling to be the activity most commonly associated with visitor drownings.

State Department of Health data shows that since 2005, more than 128 visitors have drowned snorkeling in Hawaii’s waters.

On Kauai, visitors comprise roughly three-fourths of all fatal injuries.

In 2015, there were six drownings on Kauai. Five were visitors. Four happened in March and there were two in October, according to county spokeswoman Sarah Blane.

For up-to-date information about ocean conditions on Kauai, talk to a county lifeguard, visit www.kauaiexplorer.com, or call the Kauai Ocean Safety Bureau at 241-4984.

For the latest information about ocean conditions at beaches around Hawaii, visit hawaiibeachsafety.com.

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