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Woman airlifted from Uluwehi Falls

Firefighters airlifted a hiker in distress Friday afternoon in Wailua, according to the Kauai Fire Department.

Around 2 p.m., a 66-year-old woman from California apparently fell while hiking Uluwehi Falls, or Secret Falls.

Firefighters hiked the trail and found the woman. They were prepared to hike the woman out of the area, but later asked for assistance from Air 1 because of the hazardous condition of the trail.

The injured woman was airlifted and transported to Wailua Homesteads Park and paramedics later took her to Wilcox Hospital.

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  • A bill needs to be passed requiring injured hikers, kayakers. waterfall divers and other common sense-free individuals to pay at least a 60% share of the rescue cost. How much is an airlift from and emergency treatment in a remote location? …. $20k, $50k, $100k?? That comes from state taxpayer money, not a GoFundMe account!

    • Waterfall divers do lack a certain degree of common sense. But kayakers and hikers who simply happen to get injured while recreating? Why do you leave out joggers, bicyclists, moped and motorcycle riders? They sometimes need a medevac too. Make ’em all pay for their rescues!

      Hell, this is one of the more directly beneficial use of tax dollars. If we want to be consistent, we should make our politicians pay out-of-pocket for the undeclared wars they get us into (Syria, anyone? We just sent more troops there.) Will we make Drumpf pay to clean up our environment after his new EPA head gets through gutting that agency? A much better case can be made for laws like those.

  • That place is dicey and many people, who overestimate their abilities, find it easy to get in trouble. Same thing with Kalalau Trail which overcomes a lot of would-be trekkers. All I can say is be humble, know your limits and STOP and think if you think you’ve reached those limits. No shame in staying safe!

      • True. As long as your brain is sharp enough to tell you that trail is very dangerous no matter your age. The trail is closed because many have died or been badly injured– one so badly they can no loner walk or write.

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