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Tourist didn't die saving woman at Hawaii falls

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 22, 2013 at 6:10 pm •  Published: May 22, 2013
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"There is no way to describe how awesome Kris was," the family said in statement released by Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii, an organization that helps tourists in these situations. "He was a great husband, a great father, he was a great son, an awesome family member. He was pretty funny. There is a hole in our hearts today and we will miss him."

The swimmer Kris Gungon was believed to have been trying to save was never in distress, the swimmer told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser via a phone interview from Oakland, Calif.

"I don't want anyone to think that he died because of me," Nicole Jackson said. She explained she was tired and held onto a rock while she waited for someone to bring her a life jacket to help her get back to shore. Gungon was already in the water before she entered the pool, she said, and he slipped under while trying to reach for a slippery rock. When he didn't surface, she told a lifeguard he might be in trouble.