Hikers rescued from Na Pali Coast Trail after writing ‘SOS’ in sand

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Two hikers are safe Tuesday after being stranded overnight on the Na Pali Coast Trail.

The U.S. Coast Guard’s MH-65 Dolphin crew was conducting training in the area when members overheard a radio conversation mention “SOS” written in the sand on Kalalau Beach.

The crew diverted from their training mission and arrived on scene at 9:25 a.m. to see two people waving their arms.

A rescue swimmer was lowered and discovered one of the hikers had an ankle injury that prevented him from walking. Both hikers were then hoisted aboard the helicopter and transported to Lihue Airport where they were met by Emergency Medical Services.

They are reported to be in stable condition.

The Coast Guard encourages the public to be prepared with essentials such as water, food, sunscreen and communication devices before embarking on any trip whether on land or water.

In the event of an emergency, communication devices and emergency provisions can mean the difference between life and death.

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