Fire Department: Two drown at North Kohala beaches

County fire officials say two people died Thursday of apparent drownings at North Kohala beaches.

In the first, a 70-year-old woman was spotted face down in the water while snorkeling at Mahukona Beach Park.

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She was taken to Kohala Hospital in critical condition, where she later died.

Then, at about 2:15 p.m., crews were dispatched to Pololu Valley, where a swimmer in distress had been taken ashore by bystanders, who were performing CPR on the beach.

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The man, whom a battalion chief said was in his 50s, was taken to a hospital by county helicopter. He was later pronounced dead.

Officials have not released the names of either victims.

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