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Utah man dies after being swept to sea off Kauai; County says man appears to have drowned

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LIHUE, Hawaii — A 69-year-old Utah man died after being swept out to sea by a rip current off Kauai over the weekend.

Kauai County said Monday the man was in shallow water near a channel at Anini Beach when he was swept to sea at about 3 p.m. Sunday.

Bystanders attempted to rescue the man using paddle boards and a dive buoy. Water safety officers rode personal watercraft to the scene off the island's north shore.

Firefighters performed CPR before medics arrived and took the man to a hospital in Lihue where he was pronounced dead.

Kauai County says the man appears to have drowned. Police have not yet released his identity.

Representatives from a grief counseling service are assisting his family.

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