Body recovered from Waikomo Stream

Body recovered in Koloa stream

County officials are confirming one fatality that occurred during the flash flood on Kauai Tuesday.

Firefighters recovered the body of a 30-year-old Koloa man from Waikomo Stream in Koloa Tuesday afternoon. Police have identified him as Joshua Bradbury.

According to preliminary reports, a male resident called 911 about 2:40 p.m. when he witnessed Bradbury jump into Waikomo Stream, apparently to save a dog, when Bradbury then floated downstream and the bystander lost sight of him.

The on-duty battalion chief, Rescue 3 (Lihue) personnel, firefighters from the Koloa and Hanapepe stations, along with Kauai Fire Department Ocean Safety Bureau lifeguards, responded to the area to search for Bradbury.

With the help of bystanders, Bradbury’s body was located shortly after 5 p.m. along the west bank of the stream.

Bradbury was transported to Wilcox Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy is pending.

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The Garden Island

1 Comments
  1. manongindashadow August 30, 2018 12:29 pm Reply

    Harry, true anything can happen when a cat or dog dart infront of you while travelling on the highways/road/streets. your vehicle could turn over from a sudden swerving or braking of the vehicle.
    However, if you can avoid hitting the animal by slowing down and give the animal a right of way. If you were on Oahu and driving on the freeway at the recommended speed. A cat or dog darts across it’s understandable if you accidently hit it.
    The young man however, “is a hero because he jumped into the stream of rushing water to save a life of an animal!” With that said, “a hero would do anything to save a life and knowing what could happen to his/hers”.


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