Off-Duty BP Agent Wasn't Rescuing Swimmer: Officials

Kris Gungon, 31, died while swimming at Waimea Falls on Oahu Sunday

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    Gungon (pictured) was visiting Hawai'i with his family Sunday May 19, 2013.

    Officials in Hawai'i released new information in the death of an off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent swimming near a popular waterfall

    Kris Gungon, 31, died Sunday while swimming at Waimea Falls on the north shore of Oahu.

    Initial media reports and witness statements suggested Gungon died a hero - while swimming out to help a woman in trouble.

    On Wednesday, officials released new information saying that their investigation shows Gungon did not die while trying to rescue a fellow swimmer.

    Statements by witnesses indicate that he was trying to swim out to the waterfall when he apparently drowned, officials told the NBC affiliate on Oahu.

    Divers reported finding him in approximately 20 feet of water.

    Cousin Luann Miller, told NBC 7 that family members were shocked by his sudden death. Kris was very athletic and a strong swimmer she said.

    Gungon has been an agent since March 5, 2009 and was assigned to the El Centro Border Patrol Station.

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