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Search resumes today for woman swept to sea on Kauai

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 08:17 a.m. HST, Feb 22, 2013

Kauai firefighters and lifeguards will resume a search for a woman missing in waters off Kauai’s Hanakapiai Beach at first light today, a Kauai County spokeswoman said. The woman was swept into the sea while attempting to cross the flooded Hanakapiai Stream Thursday afternoon. 

More than 50 other hikers and two rescue personnel spent the night in Hanakapiai Valley because the stream is still too swollen to cross, officials said.

The unidentified woman was reportedly attempting to cross Hanakapiai Stream at around 4:30 p.m. Thursday when she was apparently swept out to sea.

Rescue crews from the Kauai Fire Department, including the Air 1 helicopter, lifeguards from the Ocean Safety Bureau, and the Coast Guard searched until darkness fell.

The woman was one of more than 50 hikers who were stranded on the far side of the stream while heading back to the Kee Beach trailhead this afternoon, the county said in a news release.

Rescuers were already en route to the scene after being notified of the hikers in distress, but some hikers tried to cross the stream before help arrived, officials said.

Rescue 3 aboard Air 1 and the Coast Guard conducted an aerial search, while lifeguards searched along the shoreline. Firefighters from the Hanalei station also hikied into Hanakapiai to help the stranded hikers.

Fire officials reported a rise in the stream due to rain throughout the day.

Hazardous conditions created by the high water in the stream and strong winds made search and rescue efforts difficult, officials said.

The National Weather Service says about four inches of rain fell Thursday afternoon above Hanakapiai.

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olos73 wrote:
What is wrong with these people?
on February 21,2013 | 05:49PM
2_centz wrote:
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on February 21,2013 | 06:19PM
Sandyfeet wrote:
It says unidentified woman. How do you know it was a haole woman?
on February 22,2013 | 04:33AM
KahinuG wrote:
"isn't bad!?"... trust me, if you've ever had to recover a body wedged under boulders in a stream because that person made the fatal mistake of trying to cross under flooding conditions... it's bad. Ending that life journey due to stupidity is bad. The slogan is 'turn around, don't drown'... not difficult to remember.
on February 22,2013 | 08:56AM
Pocho wrote:
Don't they learn from past experiences?
on February 21,2013 | 05:51PM
CriticalReader wrote:
Make hikers pay a fee and get a permit. Put the fees into a fund to pay for responder costs. Those hikers with the permit who need rescuing, get rescued for no additional charge. Those hikers who need rescuing but didn't get the permit get charged ALL costs of rescue plus a fine for not getting the permit. The government is making us pay for virtually everything else - including CAMPING, which until things went online, was generally a resident(s) activity. WE ALL pay for the searches and rescues of people who are simply acting like absolute FOOLS. Let everybody continue to act like fools. Just make them pay for the privilege of doing so.
on February 21,2013 | 07:03PM
allie wrote:
makes sense. Tourists are coming here not so much for the beach but for natural world adventures like hiking and camping. Expect more of the eco tourism dudes
on February 22,2013 | 07:36AM
Aquarius1 wrote:
I wonder if it was the Doomsday Prepper they featured on the National Geographic channel a couple of nights ago. Dumkopfs,
on February 21,2013 | 08:05PM
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