A 32-year-old woman who died while on a kayak tour on Wailua River Saturday has been identified as Aimee Abrahim of El Cajon, Calif.
The Kauai Fire Department located Abrahim’s body Sunday after she was swept out to the ocean while crossing a stream.
An autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death.
A flash flood watch was in effect for all islands Saturday when the five-hour tour started at 1 p.m. Stream gauges showed significant rises and rainfall intensified, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a flash food warning for Kauai at 4 p.m., according to hydrologist Kevin Kodama of the National Weather Service.
“We’re all devastated,” said, Pete Fisher, owner and operator of the Kayak Wailua tour company. Fisher said the tour was about three-quarters finished when the weather dramatically changed.
At about 5 p.m., Abrahim and her sister were crossing a shallow stream while holding a rope to get to the other side to return to the kayak. Fisher said there was rapid streamwater near Uluwehi Falls and Abrahim and her sister lost their grip and were swept away.
Abrahim’s sister swam to shore. The Kauai Fire Department initiated a search for Abrahim and deployed its Air 1 helicopter to airlift seven other visitors and a guide to Wailua Homesteads.
The search was suspended Saturday due to nightfall and dangerous flood conditions. Firefighters resumed the search at 7:30 a.m. Sunday and located Abrahim’s body shortly after.