Missing Lihue woman found near Kalapaki Bay

Published On: Jun 06 2013 05:22:23 PM HST
LIHUE, Hawaii -

Kauai rescue officials located a woman Thursday who had been missing since Tuesday.

The Lihue woman, 50, was last seen at around 12:30 p.m. near Ninini Beach, also known as Running Waters, north of Kalapaki Bay.  Police had been assisting her family with the search since Tuesday afternoon.

On Wednesday, a fire department helicopter  joined the effort with an aerial search while the U.S. Coast Guard participated in a sea-based search, but the search turned up no sign of the missing woman.

Police and fire personnel resumed the search Thursday morning and officials were preparing to ask for the public’s assistance when word came in that the woman had been located.

A fire chopper located the woman shortly before 3 p.m. in a remote location along the south end of the bay.  The woman suffered some lacerations but was reported to be in good health.

Fire Rescuers short-hauled the woman from the rocky shoreline to a nearby landing area where awaiting medics transported her to Wilcox Memorial Hospital for further treatment.

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