Hikers airlifted from canyon

KOKE‘E — Rescue specialists airlifted four males from the Po‘omau Canyon Lookout Trail Sunday morning after concerned parents reported them missing Saturday afternoon, a county news release states.

No injuries were reported.

On Friday afternoon the group of Kaua‘i residents, two 18-year-old males and two males age 20, told family members they were headed to Koke‘e for a day hike.

A parent had reported them missing at around 2:45 p.m. Saturday when the group failed to return home and could not be reached.

Kaua‘i police located their vehicle near mile marker 9 on Koke‘e Road and called in the Kaua‘i Fire Department and the state Department of Land and Natural Resources to assist in a ground and air search of the area.

Rescue specialists aboard Air 1 located all four men at about 7 p.m. Saturday evening but were unable to airlift them out due to darkness, the release states.

Instead, rescuers dropped down a supply kit with water, food and blankets and notified the group that they would return at daylight this morning.

Rescue 3 aboard Air 1 went back for the men at about 6 a.m. Sunday and transported them to the Waimea Canyon Lookout landing zone.

All four men are reported to be in good health and spirits and did not require medical treatment, the release states.

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