An “SOS” drawn in the sand led to the rescue today of two hikers stranded overnight on the Na Pali Coast Trail on Kauai.
A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew was conducting a training mission near Kalalau Beach when the overheard a radio conversation mention the “SOS” written in the sand, the Coast Guard said.
The crew diverted from their training mission and spotted two people on Kalalau Beach waving their arms.
The helicopter lowered a rescue swimmer who found one of the hikers had an ankle injury that prevented him from walking. Both hikers were hoisted aboard the helicopter and taken to Lihue Airport where paramedics were waiting. The hikers were in stable condition.
The hikers were rescued about 9:30 a.m.