Video on hiking safety could save lives
Your editorial on safe hiking (TGI, Jan. 7) was spot on. Thank you.
Here is a suggestion. The fine video on ocean safety that plays at the Lihue Airport has been known to have saved at least one life. A boy watched it and learned how to use a rescue buoy, which he deployed correctly to help someone. Why not create and play a similar production on hiking safety?
Since many of those hikers who get into trail-trouble, like the recent rescuees at Makaleha, are visitors, perhaps the Kauai Visitors Bureau could be prevailed upon to bankroll such a video. This would probably be a better use of that organization’s funds than advertising to entice ever-more tourists usward.
If the tourism establishment balks at this idea, it might do well to consider how much negative publicity the injury and/or death of a hiker can generate.
Alternatively, if Kauai County enacts laws that require people who get into trouble through their own foolishness, e.g., by ignoring trail closures and entering unsafe areas like Queen’s Bath, to pay the costs of their rescues, some of the revenue gained thereby could pay production costs.
Finally, if a hiking-safety video saves the life of even one visitor or first responder, is it not worth whatever it costs to produce?
H.M. Wyeth, Anahola