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New Jersey couple airlifted from Kalalau Saturday

LIHU‘E — Kaua‘i Fire Department personnel airlifted two hikers from Kalalau Beach on Saturday.

First responders were initially notified of a 61-year-old female from New Jersey reportedly in distress and needing assistance at Kalalau Beach shortly after 10:15 a.m. The woman had previously hiked into Kalalau Valley with her husband.

A passing tour boat and tour helicopter reported an “SOS” on the beach before county responders were dispatched.

KFD rescue specialists aboard the county helicopter were dispatched to the scene and located a woman who then refused assistance. They left the scene and returned to service around noon.

At approximately 5 p.m., emergency personnel were dispatched back to Kalalau after a friend accompanying the New Jersey couple reported they both needed assistance out of the valley.

Rescuers airlifted the woman and her husband to Princeville Airport, where awaiting medics provided further assistance.
Source: The Garden Island

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