Kauai News

Multiple Visitors Suffer Injuries, Require Rescue Off North Shore Trails

Posted August 30, 2021, 7:14 AM HST

First responders conducted multiple rescues on the North Shore on Saturday, Aug. 28.

Firefighters were notified of the first report of an injured 30-year-old female visitor from New York at Hanakāpī‘ai Falls at approximately 1 p.m.

According to a preliminary report, Rescue 3 aboard Air 1 arrived on scene at approximately 1:45 p.m. and communicated with bystanders who directed first responders to an area 1/4 mile from the lower Hanakāpī‘ai landing zone.

Two rescuers hiked towards Hanakāpī‘ai Falls to locate the injured hiker. First responders located the hiker who sustained a serious knee injury. Before being secured and loaded upon Air 1, the injured hiker informed first responders that she had a friend at Hanakāpī‘ai Beach who sustained an ankle injury.

First responders would later rescue the other hiker at Hanakāpī‘ai Beach.

The initial hiker was transported to Princeville Airport and was met by Hanalei firefighters and American Medical Response. AMR provided medical assessments and treatment to the hiker and transported her to a local hospital.

After clearing the incident at 3:40 p.m., first responders received an EMS call of an injured 42-year-old female visitor from Connecticut on the Secret Beach hiking trail in Kīlauea.

According to a preliminary report, firefighters from the Hanalei fire station located the hiker 100 yards from the beach upon arrival. The hiker had fallen on the trail and injured her right ankle.

First responders secured the hiker onto a stokes litter and transferred her to responding medics with American Medical Response. AMR provided medical assessments and treatment to the hiker and transported her to a local hospital.

The scene was cleared at approximately 4 p.m. Ten minutes later, firefighters returned to the Hanakāpī‘ai area to rescue a 35-year-old female on Hanakāpī‘ai Beach.

According to a preliminary report, at 4:30 p.m., Rescue 3 aboard Air 1 arrived at a landing zone in the Hanakāpī‘ai area, recovered the patient, secured her on Air 1, and flew her to Princeville Airport. Responding medics with American Medical Response provided medical assessments and treatment to the hiker and transported her to a local hospital.

The scene was cleared at 5 p.m.

 
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