Off-duty Border Patrol Agent Dies in Hawaii Rescue Attempt

May 21, 2013
Kris Gungon, 31, of Imperial, Calif. tried to save a woman in distress in Hawaii.

May 21--A vacationing U.S. Border Patrol agent died Sunday attempting to save a woman in distress in a pool at Waimea Falls.

The Medical Examiner's Office has identified the man as Kris Gungon, 31, of Imperial, Calif.

Other people in the area rescued the woman, fire Capt. Gary Lum said.

The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol in San Diego said Gungon has been an agent since 2009. He was assigned to the El Centro Patrol Station.

Gungon, his wife and other family members were vacationing in the islands.

An autopsy will be performed today.

Authorities said a woman was in distress in the pond beneath the falls and that Gungon went in to help her. He never resurfaced.

Lum said fire rescue and lifeguards participated in the search. He said the body was found about 25 feet below the surface of the pond at 5:20 p.m.

His department received a call about the missing man from the city Department of Emergency Services at 4:12 p.m. Sunday.

Police have classified the case as an unattended death.

Gungon was visiting here with his family, which is being helped by the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii. The visitor aid service also said it has offered its assistance to Gungon's parents in San Diego. Imperial is near the U.S.-Mexican border.

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