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SOS in sand brings aid to injured woman on Kauai

LAST UPDATED: 01:26 a.m. HST, Jan 19, 2014

Kauai firefighters rescued an injured woman at Kalalau who had signaled for help by scrawling "SOS" in the sand.

A pilot with Mauna Loa Helicopters spotted the message, which was accompanied by a red flag, and called police around 3 p.m. Saturday.

A helicopter team landed on the beach and were directed to an area above a set of pools about two miles away. The rescue specialists returned to the air and searched for the woman until another person waved them down and informed them that the woman was about 100 feet above a nearby stream.

The team established a landing zone nearby, located the woman and airlifted her to Waimea Canyon Park, where she was transferred to the care of waiting paramedics who then transported her to Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital.

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SteveToo wrote:
What no one bad mouthing careless hikers today? LOL
on January 18,2014 | 09:02PM
BigBird001 wrote:
Why? Was she trespassing?
on January 19,2014 | 02:28AM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Smart thinking putting SOS to attract help...
on January 19,2014 | 07:41AM
serious wrote:
I wondered if she did it? I wish the story had more detail, would have made it more interesting. Age? Local? Tourist? Bank robber?
on January 19,2014 | 08:31AM
nitpikker wrote:
obviously there was someone else there or she would have been waiting by her sign.
on January 19,2014 | 11:54AM
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