62 Stranded Hikers Rescued in Hawaii

They were trapped by swollen streams
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 26, 2014 12:15 AM CST
62 Stranded Hikers Rescued in Hawaii
A section of the Kalalau Trail.   (Wikipedia)

Firefighters in Hawaii rescued more than 60 hikers on Christmas Eve, including some who were stranded for days, when heavy rain made streams too swollen to cross on the island of Kauai. After the local fire department was notified that some hikers were stranded in a valley for several days with dwindling supplies, a total of 62 people were airlifted by the end of the day. One male hiker suffered a non-life-threatening injury, officials say. Authorities posted closure signs at the trailhead Monday, and a worker warned hikers of the hazardous weather conditions. But some hikers ignored the warning and continued on, state officials say. In April, more than 120 hikers, including several children, had to be rescued in the same valley after being stranded by the rising stream. (Read more Hawaii stories.)

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