Big Island firefighters rescue 13 hikers, 04 Nov 2018


Accessed on 05 November 2018, 0135 UTC, Post #17911.

Source:  http://www.staradvertiser.com/2018/11/04/breaking-news/big-isle-firefighters-rescue-13-trespassing-hikers

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Comment:

According to the “Honolulu Star-Advertiser”, Hawaii Island fire/rescue crews rescued 13 trespassing hikers Saturday afternoon after they were trapped in a flash flood above Anna’s Ranch in Waimea.

Hawaii County Fire Department Battalion Chief Michael Grace said the hikers from the University of Nations had no business crossing through the area:

“It’s all private property,”  “Honestly, they were trespassing. They accessed the area through Parker Ranch. It’s an area that’s very inaccessible.”

Grace added that two of the hikers suffered minor ankle injuries.

Opinion:  Apparently, some folks didn’t get the flash flood warnings from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.  Those announcements were all over local radio stations and on SMS messages via social media.  Besides losing track of their common sense when severe weather threatened North and South Kohala, these hikers had no right to march through private property without first notifying the owners.  Perhaps, these misguided souls should be charged for the time and effort expended during the rescue operation.  To paraphrase Forrest Gump–“Stupid is as stupid does.”

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