Hawaii-based marine dies while swimming in ocean off Oahu facility

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Assault amphibious vehicles head toward shore July 14, 2016 at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. (Aaron Patterson/US Marine Corps)

A private first-rate stationed at Marine Corps Base Hawaii died Sunday while swimming in the ocean near the facility on Oahu, the service said in a news release Monday.

The Marine, who was not identified in the release, was pronounced dead at a local hospital, the Marine Corps said.

First responders from the base and the Honolulu Fire Department responded to a 911 call and began searching the waters off North Beach at the base.

They located the Marine and attempted CPR.

“The next of kin of the deceased have been notified and an Accident Assistance Call Officer has been assigned to provide resources and assistance,” the Marine Corps said.

The Marine Corps will not announce its name until 48 hours after this notification.

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service and local police are investigating the Marine’s death, according to the press release.

Marine Corps Base Hawaii is located on the windward side of Oahu about 12 miles northeast of Honolulu. The roughly 3,000-acre base occupies most of the Mokapu Peninsula.

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