Tragedy was averted

To the Forum:I recently visited Kauai with friends, I read with interest

your May 28th story regarding the drowning death of John Telfer at Ke’e Beach.

Five days before Mr. Telfer’s death, we were also at Ke’e Beach. One member

of our group, Barbara Hughes, 55, of Albuquerque, decided to go into the


While looking at the fish, she got caught in a rip current and was

pulled out to sea. Evidently she was in trouble for sometime until someone

noticed. Luckily for Miss Hughes, James Reis of Concord, California, was

visiting his family in Lihue, and was at Ke’e Beach when we were. He was out

on the rocks and noticed that she was in trouble. He jumped in and saved her

from drowning. If it had not been for his unselfish act of heroism, Barbara’s

name would have been included in your Memory column.

I hope the monies

will be found and the legislation will be passed to allow an increase in beach


Linda Babington

Albuquerque, NM


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