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Officials assist 37 hikers stranded on Kauai’s Na Pali Coast


Kauai County fire rescue personnel assisted 37 hikers from the Na Pali Coast Tuesday evening after they became stranded by rising stream waters.

The group made a 911 call to say they were trapped in Hanakapiai Valley because of rising waters of Hanakapiai Stream. At 6 p.m. Tuesday, rescue personnel aboard a fire department helicopter responded and found 37 people stranded on the far side of the stream.

Seven people were flown to Kee Beach, including a man from Virginia who suffered from asthma, a pregnant woman and her husband from Idaho, a woman from Texas and a couple from Utah with their 10-week-old baby, the county said in a news release.

As the water receded, rescue personnel monitored the remaining 30 hikers as they crossed the stream with a rope line and hiked back to the trailhead. Rainy weather and high surf affected Kauai Tuesday. The Kauai Fire Department reminds hikers to check the weather forecast.

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