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13 Kayakers Rescued on Wailua River

13 Kayakers Rescued on Wailua River

Thirteen kayakers were rescued Thursday, December 2nd, 2021 on the Wailua River, after getting stranded near Uluwehi Falls (Secret Falls), reports the County of Kauai.

At approximately 5PM, firefighters were notified of 13 kayakers who were stranded on the Wailua River, just past the kayak landing near the end of the trail to Uluwehi Falls. The callers stated that the river had risen and was impassable.

Rescue 3 aboard Air 1 conducted an initial flyover of the scene. However, due to the area’s conditions and safety concerns, Kapaa firefighters instead utilized KFD’s rescue boat, Whaler 1, and responded up the river.

At the kayak landing, personnel walked in and found the 13 people stranded across the river. Firefighters shuttled the 13 victims across the river using the kayaks at the site. Once all 13 people were safely across, they used their kayaks and proceeded down the river towards the Wailua Marina while Whaler 1 escorted them to safety.

No injuries were reported and the scene was cleared shortly after 7PM.

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