Searchers rescue two lost hikers from Alakai Swamp

LIHU’E- Two hikers reported missing over the weekend have been found safe,

according to the Kaua’i Police Department.

The pair was located at 11:45

a.m. Tuesday stranded in the Alakai Swamp. They were rescued by a Navy

helicopter without incident.

Charles Guili of Honolulu reported that his

daughter, Lisa Gull, 21, had come to Kaua’i to camp on March 22 with her

friend, Lawrence Lazar, 22, of Tuscon, Ariz. They did not return to Honolulu as

scheduled on March 25. The family notified the Kauai Police Department of their

disappearance on Monday.

At that point, KPD Patrol Services contacted the

state Department of Land and Natural Resources to look for the pair at Koke’e

State Park.

At approximately 8 p.m. on Monday, KPD was informed that the

pair’s rental vehicle was located at the park. Early Tuesday morning, a

coordinated ground and helicopter search was initiated by KPD, DLNR, and the

Kauai Fire Department’s Rescue Squad.

Personnel from the Pacific Missile

Range Facility assisted with the search by sending an additional helicopter.

Also, the Guili family hired a private helicopter company to assist in the


The couple reported that they survived by rationing food and

staying on high ground in an area visible from the air. They lost their way in

the forest on March 24, but were in good physical condition and very happy to

be found.

A total of 18 officers from PMRF, DOCARE, KFD and KPD took part

in the rescue operation.

“We are immensely grateful to all who responded –

especially PMRF for their commitment of considerable resources clearly outside

their scope of duty,” said Mayor Maryanne Kusaka.


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