Puna drowning victim identified


Police have identified the man who drowned March 23 in Puna as 37-year-old Jay Patrick Corbett of Gunnison, Colo.

At 3:38 p.m. on that date, Puna police officers responded to a report of a swimmer in distress at Orr’s Beach in the Waa Waa area of Puna. They learned the victim had been jumping off cliffs into the water with friends when he became caught in the current and was pulled under, according to the Hawaii Police Department.

Fire Department personnel retrieved the victim and took him to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 5:50 p.m., police said.

His name was initially withheld pending positive identification and notification of his family, police said.