By | January 15, 2024

**Possible Drowning of North Carolina Visitor Investigated by Hawaii Island Police**

Hawaii island police are currently investigating a possible drowning incident that occurred on Saturday morning off the coast of Kau. The victim has been identified as 24-year-old Carson Philbin from Charlotte, North Carolina.

According to a statement, Kau District patrol officers responded to reports of several distressed swimmers in the South Point area at 11:23 a.m. that day. It was determined that three adult men and one woman had jumped into the ocean at the “hoist” area and found themselves in trouble due to the rough ocean conditions.

Fortunately, local bystanders were able to lend a helping hand and assisted three of the four swimmers, who managed to make it safely back to shore. Unfortunately, one swimmer, later identified as Philbin, was swept further out to sea. A witness recalled seeing him approximately 75 yards offshore before he disappeared beneath the water’s surface.

Local fishermen and the Hawaii Fire Department joined forces in locating Philbin’s body. He was then transported to Hilo Medical Center, where medical professionals later pronounced him dead. To determine the exact cause of death, an autopsy has been ordered, and the investigation is ongoing.

In light of this tragic incident, the Hawaii Police Department is urging anyone who may have any information regarding the incident to come forward and contact Kau Patrol officer Paul Wright III at (808) 939-2520.

It is always heartbreaking to hear about accidents like these, especially when they involve young individuals who had their lives ahead of them. Our thoughts go out to Carson Philbin’s family and friends during this difficult time. We hope that the investigation will provide them with the answers they need to find closure.

Water safety is of utmost importance, and it serves as a reminder for everyone to exercise caution when entering unfamiliar waters, especially during times of rough ocean conditions..

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