- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

HONOLULU (AP) - Family and friends are mourning the loss of a 59-year-old diver who was killed when an inflatable boat ran over him and his stepson while they were diving in waters off Kailua.

Those who knew Sri Shim, who ran the flower shop at the Hale Koa Hotel, said he was a skilled diver and a well-respected surfer. They said he was well-known at the popular surf break Ala Moana Bowls, Hawaii News Now reports (https://bit.ly/1OMT2Zo).

“He’s one of the greatest, a cool guy, lot of heart. If you don’t know how to surf, he’ll go out there and give you some pointers. Where to be on the wave so that way you don’t get into any kind of trouble,” said surfer Brandon Soliven.

Shim’s body was pulled from the water Saturday after the propeller of a 24-foot inflatable boat struck him and his 25-year-old stepson, who was left with serious injuries.

The Honolulu Medical Examiner’s Office said Monday that Shim died from blunt force trauma and boat propeller injuries.

Shim’s death has had an impact on members of the surf community.

“I’m still in shock,” said longtime surf friend Clarence Kaili.”He was a neat guy, anytime you needed help, he was a true friend you could count on,” said Kaili.

Kaili said he and Shim would surf Ala Moana Bowls together in the 1960s and had recently hit the waves together just a few days ago.

The Honolulu Medical Examiner’s Office said Shim’s autopsy would be conducted Monday. Police are continuing to investigate the incident.


Information from: KGMB-TV, https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/

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