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Another horrible tragedy occurred yesterday afternoon. Group of tourist not heeding the constant warnings chose to disregard, unsafe approach to follow the guide book directions to "head left once down on Secret beach to the rocks to get a safer view if waves are large". Not a soul on the secluded beach as warning level 30 foot face wave were hitting Kauai. Swept off by a set of 5 waves that overtook them, nowhere to run to for safety; all you can do is try and hold on to the rock face. NO life guards, response time for Fire department is ~15 minutes, no chance. We were surfing Kalihiwai bay, protected from the huge west swell yet still dangerous. Misstated as a "rescue", is always body recovery. I hate this scenario so much.


KALIHIWAI, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) -
Rescue personnel on Kauai have located the body of one drowning victim in waters off South Kalihiwai Point and are in the process of retrieving the body via helicopter. Crews are still trying to locate the body of another drowning victim who was swept out into the surf Friday afternoon.

Kauai County says Ke'e, Ha'ena and Pine Trees beaches are closed for the day due to dangerous ocean conditions.

The drowning victims, two adult male visitors, have been identified, but their names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The Kaua'i Police Department reports that the two men were traveling with a group of friends, and had stopped at a remote point off of South Kalihiwai Road late yesterday afternoon, when one of the men was swept into the ocean by high surf.

The other man dove in to try and help and was also overcome by high surf.

A woman in the group called emergency 911 at 5:10 pm, which set off a rescue effort that involved the Kaua'i Fire Department and the US Coast Guard, but was unsuccessful due to dangerous ocean conditions.

By the time emergency personnel arrived, the men were floating face down in the water and appeared to be deceased. The recovery effort was called off at 6:35 pm due to darkness and high surf.

Kaua'i remains in a high surf warning today for north and west facing shores. The high surf warning was extended by the National Weather Service (NWS) through 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 20. NWS has advised that anyone entering the waters risks serious injury or death.

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