13 stranded kayakers rescued by Kauai firefighters on Wailua River

Water and Land Rescues

WAILUA, Kauai (KHON2) — Kauai firefighters rescued 13 kayakers on the Wailua River after they got stranded near Uluwehi Falls on Thursday, Dec. 2.

The incident happened around 5 p.m., and those who called firefighters said the river’s water had risen, making it impossible to pass through.

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Kauai Fire Department (KFD) reported the kayakers were past the kayak landing, near the end of the trail to Uluwehi Falls.

KFD’s Whaler 1 rescue boat responded and firefighters located all 13 people stranded across the river, then shuttled them across by using the kayaks that were already on site.

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Once all 13 were safely across, KFD reported the kayakers used their own kayaks to head down the river toward the Wailua Marina — with the assistance of Whaler 1. No injuries were reported.

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