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Woman swept into sea on Kauai is identified

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 08:03 a.m. HST, Feb 24, 2013

 A woman who drowned after being swept away in rough waters in Kauai has been identified.

Police say Saturday that the body of 43-year-old Norka Villacorta of New York City was recovered Friday, a day after she was swept away in Hanakapi'ai stream.

She is the seventh person to drown in Kauai waters this year.

Villacorta was among a group of more than 50 hikers who became stranded Thursday afternoon by high water. Fire officials say she apparently tried to cross on her own and was swept away.

Rescuers tried to reach the stranded hikers on Thursday evening, but high water and strong winds made it too difficult, and the hikers were forced to spend the night outdoors.

Two firefighters were able to help the 55 hikers on the far side of Hanakapiai Stream reach safety after the water had receded. None needed medical assistance.

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mokebla wrote:
When are this visitors going to learn, the warnings was out for flash flooding. Now they going to sue the state for slow rescuers or find someone to blame for the lost of life. What part of "Warning," they don't understand?
on February 24,2013 | 02:10AM
false wrote:
They refuse to listen to caution of any sort because they are invincible. After all they came from Snow Covered streets and Sandy hurricane. Why would a little rain storm be a problem. It's just rain. The environment arrests their sensibilities and they drown. Sad but what can we do, Signs are all around that Trail warning visitors "Beware of Danger." Sorry for this loss. Maybe we need to assign police and fire to ward visitors away for inviting mountain trails during Flood Watches. The visitors have no concept. The cost would be cheaper than the rescue and less vulnerability for the state.
on February 24,2013 | 07:30AM
Dragonman wrote:
Don't be to hard on these visitors. They came to Hawaii to see our lovely islands and visit our lovely beaches. When they got here they found themselves caught up in bad weather, they had a choice to make, take a chance and see as much of the islands as possible even though the weather was bad or spend their time shopping in malls ect. Please remember that the lady that died came in from New York, a long way to travel to just spend your time in doors. My heart felt condolences to the womans's family and friends.
on February 24,2013 | 08:29AM
niimi wrote:
on February 24,2013 | 10:35PM
allie wrote:
God bless her. I am so sorry for this
on February 24,2013 | 11:45AM
FLIPTOP2 wrote:
Perhaps the state could do a better job of posting warnings especially when the weather forecast for the past few weeks has been nothing but wind and rain. Also, what about the bozos who took advantage of the hikers and broke into their cars.
on February 24,2013 | 09:36PM
niimi wrote:
Why is it that government has to do this and government has to do that? I think it may be that we have become so pampered in our own lives that we literally have forgotten how to pass down basic survival common sense to our children. In our well meaning intent to protect and shelter our children we dumb-down that next generation. Instead of sanitizing my children's hands at every turn, not letting the little ones go to a hospital or a funeral to see death, etc.; I let my children play with dirt, lick their fingers afterward. I take them to see a dying relative in the hospital. They go up with the family for a body viewing. I have taught them how to ride a bike, cross a street with their parents, go hiking, fall down while learning to do things. Teach them never to turn their back to the ocean. Respect the water, nature.
on February 24,2013 | 10:40PM
Fred01 wrote:
Shut your running mouth loser.
on February 24,2013 | 08:52PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
Fed01 - everyone's favorite loser, ugly, fat, dumb drunk is back. Did you get lost wandering around town again? Obviously you did find a place with a sale on cheap liquor again. Tell your mom that she should get a gps tracker for you so she can find you when you wander off again. Oh, and Fred01...you really need to change your pants regularly or remember to wear your depends so you won't have those pee stains all over the front of your pants...and the smell...Pheeew!!!
on February 25,2013 | 03:07AM
HD36 wrote:
on February 25,2013 | 07:01AM
Mallory wrote:
on February 25,2013 | 04:34PM
Kauai2011 wrote:
A very tragic story......my condolences to the victim's family. The island's beauty tend to give our island visitors a false sense of security into thinking how can a place this scenic be so dangerous. The truth is it is! 7 drowning deaths this year alone. As a resident of Kauai, I live by this one simple rule, if the mountains are covered with dark clouds, I don't go hiking on the North Shore area.
on February 24,2013 | 09:07AM
serious wrote:
True, but the tourists are here for a limited time and try to fill every moment with memories. Sadly these thing happen. If they all knew how many drownings, pedestrian deaths, and people getting killed on off limit trails they might not come here. This is our major industry--with our school system it's fries or making beds!!!
on February 24,2013 | 10:48AM
allie wrote:
true.. military spending, govt. spending and tourism are all there is out here. Really sad.
on February 24,2013 | 11:47AM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
ALL-LIE - still being that dog meandering down the street and peeing on every fencepost you can find, huh? Now that is tragic.
on February 24,2013 | 11:57AM
aomohoa wrote:
She is tragic, pathetic and ignorant.
on February 24,2013 | 01:15PM
HD36 wrote:
on February 25,2013 | 07:01AM
aomohoa wrote:
Go back to your dirt poor existence in ND allie. You don't belong here.
on February 24,2013 | 01:14PM
aomohoa wrote:
Locals drown here too. It only takes one time of not respecting the power of nature for it to take your live. So sad for her family.
on February 24,2013 | 01:12PM
bodysurf_ah wrote:
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on February 24,2013 | 01:26PM
aomohoa wrote:
Odd comment???
on February 24,2013 | 02:25PM
bodysurf_ah wrote:
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on February 24,2013 | 04:32PM
Fred01 wrote:
Really, you Hawaiian? Are we supposed to give you some special treatment? Loser.
on February 24,2013 | 08:55PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
Fed01 - everyone's favorite loser, ugly, fat, dumb drunk is back. Did you get lost wandering around town again? Did you mom have to have HPD look for you again??
on February 25,2013 | 03:03AM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
Fred01 - why would you object to Hawaiians getting special treatment when a dumb, ugly, fat, lazy, loser, drunk like you does. Why are you so agitated again? Not quite the end of the month and you already spent the money from your section 8 check?
on February 25,2013 | 03:19AM
Bdpapa wrote:
I understand that comment. You pay for poor choices.
on February 24,2013 | 06:44PM
niimi wrote:
What is really sad is that people visiting Hawaii do so because it is frequently a dream vacation of theirs to come here. I don't think harping on the, "when will they learn" bandwagon does anyone a service here.
on February 24,2013 | 10:35PM
mokebla wrote:
Stupid is is stupid does never changes.The book of life says, for those who knows good just do it! Nike didn't think of it, it was already in the book of life. Go read it, selah~
on February 25,2013 | 04:58AM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
niimi = you completely miss the point. Folks come here wanting to get close to nature. I'm sure they took the time to research the cheapest package deals, places to see, etc. But they failed to take the time to understand that nature does not pay regard to whether this is or was their "dream vacation". Fact is, folks are completely ignorant of the fact that in nature stunning beauty usually conceals danger. It doesn't just happen here, folks going for a hike in Yellowstone to admire the primal forest forget that Grizzly bears call that primal forest home and get mauled because of their lack of caution (just one example). Folks just have a tendency to look at just one side of the picture that appeals to them and ignore the side that doesn't
on February 25,2013 | 03:45AM
Jimguy wrote:
What warning signs?They must be put there for the locals.We come here for thrills and adventure...the signs don't pertain to us.If you don't see locals on the hiking trails let that be a red flag warning that danger is lurking.And when you come to Paradise make sure your brain follows you here.
on February 25,2013 | 06:26AM
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