LIHU‘E — Kauai police have identified two people who died in recent, separate incidents near the Kalalau Valley as 32-year-old Amber Phillips of Kalihiwai and 41-year-old Andrew Jardine of Kapa‘a.
On June 26, Kaua‘i police and Kaua‘i firefighters responded to a report around 3 p.m. of an unresponsive woman, later identified as Phillips, in Kalalau Valley Stream waters on the Napali Coast.
While surveying the area, Rescue 3 personnel aboard Air 1, along with personnel from the Kaua‘i Police Department, located Phillips about 40 to 50 yards near the shore.
An autopsy was conducted and it was concluded that there were no signs of foul play and that the preliminary cause of death was drowning with contributory injuries consistent with falling.
On June 28, dispatch received a call that a man had collapsed on the trail around 7:40 a.m. about 200 yards from Ke‘e Beach.
Kaua‘i firefighters from Station 1 hiked in to find the man, later identified as Jardine, unresponsive. They conducted high performance CPR and other advanced resuscitation efforts. Medic 22 and Rescue 3 arrived on scene soon thereafter to assist, but efforts to revive the man were unsuccessful.
An autopsy was conducted and a preliminary report indicated no signs of foul play and no physical injuries.