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Fourteen people rescued after flash flood traps them on trail

By Hawaii 24/7 Staff

Fire/rescue crews responded to a 3:48 p.m. alarm Monday (Aug 17) to the Lalakea Trail near Waipo Valley.

Rescue crews from Honokaa arrived to find 14 people in two separate groups from an ATV tour stranded on the opposite side of a flash flood which blocked their exit from the trail system.

Chopper One was called in and was able to airlift the people to the safe side of the flooding and ground crews were able to guide them out of the danger area.

There were no injuries reported.

The Hawaii Fire Department strongly advises hikers and other enthusiasts to constantly be aware of weather conditions that can change rapidly.

Jill Bolstridge posted a series of YouTube videos documenting being trapped and rescued near Waipio Valley.


The Flood Worsens


Throwing water and supplies to us


Meet the Strandees


Up in the trees as the water rises


My Helicopter Rescue!

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