Sunnyvale Man On Vacation Drowns In Hawaii

SUNNYVALE (CBS SF) — A 22-year-old Sunnyvale man died Monday after falling off a cliff on the eastern shore of Hawaii’s Big Island, police said.

The victim, identified as Paul Tam-Mai, was visiting the island on a vacation, Hawaii Police Department Capt. Samuel Jelsma said.

Tam-Mai was climbing on a cliff in Hawaiian Paradise Park at around 3 p.m. Sunday when a wave knocked him into the ocean and carried him out to sea. He was later found face-down in the water, and fire rescue workers brought him to shore and performed CPR.

He was transported to Hilo Medical Center and then transferred to The Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu where he was pronounced dead at 9 p.m. Monday.

Tam-Mai’s death marks the second tragic accident in Hawaii involving a Bay Area man in the past week.

On Saturday, a San Anselmo man was reported missing after being knocked over by a wave and swept into a blowhole at Nakalele Point on Maui.

The victim was identified as 44-year-old David Potts, who was also visiting Hawaii on vacation. The Maui Fire Department searched the area until 7:30 p.m. Monday, when the search was called off.

Potts is still considered a missing person because no body has been found. Rescue efforts were impeded by rough waters and poor visibility, according to Maui police.

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