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Pasco man’s body recovered after Hawaii cliff diving incident

Police said the man was swept away Friday after diving into the waters off Nawiliwili in Kauai.
The body of Shane Uzzel, 39, of Hudson, was found off the coast of Kauai in Hawaii on Friday.
The body of Shane Uzzel, 39, of Hudson, was found off the coast of Kauai in Hawaii on Friday. [ Times (2002) ]
Published Apr. 17|Updated Apr. 17

A cliff diver who went missing and later died on the Hawaiian island of Kauai has been identified as a Pasco County man.

Kauai Police said Shane Uzzel, 39, of Hudson was found off the waters of Nawiliwili, on the island’s southeastern coast, at around 6 a.m. Friday. Uzzel had been missing since 3:30 a.m. that morning, when a friend told police that he was cliff diving and was swept out to sea.

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew spotted Uzzel’s body about 50 to 60 yards offshore, and a Coast Guard cutter ship pulled him in. The crew administered first aid and attempted to revive Uzzel en route to a Coast Guard station and nearby hospital emergency room. Uzzel was pronounced dead at 7:45 a.m. Friday.

Lifeguards and authorities from the Kauai Fire Department also participated in the search-and-rescue operation.

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