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2 hikers rescued in separate incidents on Kauai

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:48 p.m. HST, Jun 03, 2013

Two tourists hiking on Kauai’s north shore needed assistance Sunday in two separate rescue attempts.

Kauai firefighters came to the aid of a 54-year-old visitor from Tacoma, Wash. who injured her knee and was rescued about 1/4 mile below Hanakapiai Falls at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Rescue specialists rigged a line and short-hauled one of their team members to the injured hiker, where he treated the patient and then short-hauled her on the fire department’s helicopter to the Princeville Airport. From there, awaiting medics transported her to Wilcox Hospital.

Earlier Sunday morning, a 61-year-old visitor from St. Paul, Minn. who injured her left forearm was rescued by Hanalei firefighters about 1/2 mile from the trailhead of the Kalalau Trail. She was also taken to Wilcox Hospital.

The Minnesota woman had been hiking about 1/2 mile from the trailhead at approximately 2 p.m. when she sustained the injury.

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allie wrote:
Mainland tourists love natural adventure and the environmental experience. So, if you want tourism, get ready to rescue. Sadly, Chinese and Japanese tourists generally are not interested in this type of experience.
on June 3,2013 | 07:59AM
Fred01 wrote:
It's cultural. Asians value little beyond consuming.
on June 3,2013 | 01:27PM
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