Injured visitor airlifted from area near Kalalau

KALALAU — First responders rescued a female Montana visitor from Kalalau Beach on Monday.

According to a preliminary report, first responders received a report around 9 a.m. of a female hiker in distress at Kalalau Beach.

Crews with the Kaua‘i Fire Department Princeville station and Lihu‘e station rescue specialists aboard the county emergency helicopter and American Medical Response responded to the incident.

At 9:30 a.m., rescue specialists aboard Air 1 was en route to Kalalau Beach. Shortly after, first responders landed at the beach and campsite and could not locate the distressed hiker. After nearly an hour of searching and speaking with other hikers, first responders could not locate the Montana visitor.

Dispatch relayed a new set of coordinates for the visitor. However, Air 1 needed to be refueled at Lihu‘e Airport.

At 11:15 a.m., the rescue specialists aboard Air 1 continued their search and located an “SOS” written in the sand and persons on the beach waving for help. First responders found the hiker who needed assistance out of the campsite.

She was loaded into Air 1 and transported to awaiting firefighters and personnel from American Medical Response. The status of the hiker is unknown at this time.

  1. MisterM September 23, 2021 6:41 am Reply

    This happens so often, it is ridiculous. Get her friends to haul her carcass back. Two helicopter flights? That’s ten grand of taxpayer’s money.

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