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Drown Lydgate drowning victim identified

Another drowning occurred in Po‘ipu on Wednesday

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Posted: Monday, February 4, 2013 12:15 am

LYDGATE — The 65-year-old New York man who drowned in waters off Lydgate Beach Saturday afternoon has been identified as David Nichols.

According to police, Nichols had been swimming with his daughter in a part of the beach known as Kitchens, near the Wailua Golf Course. His daughter swam in but she became concerned for her father’s welfare and called 911 for assistance at 3:25 p.m.

Firefighters from the Kapa‘a station were en route to the scene when nearby lifeguards on an ATV located the man’s body floating roughly 25 yards from shore. A lifeguard swam out and brought the man to shore where awaiting firefighters immediately performed CPR. An Automated External Defibrillator was applied but no shock was advised.  

Lihu‘e medics then continued CPR while transporting Nichols to the Wilcox Hospital Emergency Room where he was pronounced dead.

Nichols’ family, who was with him on-island, is being assisted by Life’s Bridges grief counseling service, county officials said.

This is the fourth reported ocean drowning on Kaua‘i already this year.

There were only two ocean drownings in all of 2012.

The county also reported that a 71-year-old woman from Colorado drowned off Po‘ipu Beach on Wednesday.

The woman, whose identity has not yet been confirmed by police, was found floating face-down by bystanders, county officials said.  At 11:49 a.m., Police Dispatch received a call of a woman in distress.

Bystanders pulled her from the water and began CPR until rescuers arrived, county officials said.  

Lifeguards applied an AED but no shock was advised. Koloa firefighters continued CPR until medics took over and transported the woman to Wilcox Hospital where she was later pronounced dead, according to the county.

Rescue officials urge the public to ask questions of lifeguards, or those who are knowledgeable of the area, before entering the water.

They also ask the public to always heed posted warning signs and ocean advisories.

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  • Meme posted at 7:10 pm on Mon, Feb 4, 2013.

    Meme Posts: 1



    Analaysing the victims’ heart rhythm. The AED may instruct you to “Stop CPR, do not touch patient, analysing." The rescuer will then say "CLEAR!" to ensure that nobody is touching the victim while the AED analyses the victims heart rhythm. A shock is only indicated if the victim's heart is in ventricular fibrillation (VF) or ventricular tachycardia (VT). The AED will automatically analyse the heart rhythm of the victim and inform you, the rescuer, whether a shock is advised. If you get a "no shock advised" instruction from the AED it can mean: the victim that you thought was pulse less does indeed have a pulse, or the victim has now regained a pulse, or the victim is pulseless but is not in a 'shockable' rhythm (i.e. not ventricular fibrillation (VT) or ventricular tachycardia (VT).

  • outofhere posted at 5:20 pm on Mon, Feb 4, 2013.

    outofhere Posts: 648

    I question your logic...I understand in CPR class that it is used to initiate a heartbeat.

  • simplegreen808 posted at 9:22 am on Mon, Feb 4, 2013.

    simplegreen808 Posts: 15

    The AED reads the persons heart rhythm and (without getting into too much detail) informs the user whether or not the heart could use a shock to get back into a manageable rhythm. If it would have benefited the person, the shock would have been administered, but in this case there was no shockable rhythm. My heart goes out to the family. Aloha.

  • kauai4life posted at 8:39 am on Mon, Feb 4, 2013.

    kauai4life Posts: 35

    An AED works like a big pacemaker, shocking a heart back into rhythm. It can not work on someone who does not have a heartbeat. That's why they continued CPR. My guess is that the poor guy was already gone by the time the people were able to pull him out of the water. God bless his family, and the woman from Colorado as well.

  • getreal posted at 7:17 am on Mon, Feb 4, 2013.

    getreal Posts: 58

    "They also ask the public to always heed posted warning signs"

    Where were the warning signs or caution flags at Lydgate? This beach is heavily used by tourists.

  • outofhere posted at 6:07 am on Mon, Feb 4, 2013.

    outofhere Posts: 648

    An AED available and NO shock advised????? WHY????????


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