On average, nearly one tourist dies a week in Hawaii, according to a special report by Honolulu Civil Beat, typically while engaged in common vacation activities such as swimming, snorkeling and hiking. Many more suffer serious injuries, including spinal cord damage.
On Tuesday, a 27 -year-old visitor from Japan died while scuba diving off the island of Oahu. Tatsumi Umemura became unresponsive in the water, an Emergency Medical Services spokeswoman told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. The cause of death hadn’t been determined.
A 70 -year-old Australian snorkeling off Anini Beach on Kauai on Thursday was observed floating face-down 20 feet from the shoreline. The victim’s identity wasn’t released.
Hawaii’s rate of drownings per guest( 5.7 per 1 million guests) is 13 times the national median, according to Civil Beat, and 10 times the drowning rate for Hawaii residents. It dwarfs the visitor-drowning rate of other beach states, including Florida, whenever there is 0.9 drownings per 1 million guests.
While some vacationers induce bad decisions, like mixing alcohol with water athletics, others seem dangerously unaware of the risks.