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Volunteers install life-saving equipment at Hanakapi`ai stream

Hanakapi'ai stream in April 2014 Hanakapi'ai stream in April 2014
HANALEI, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Two volunteers have installed life-saving equipment at a notoriously dangerous stream on Kaua`i.

A couple weeks ago, John Tyler and Siri Shabad installed a rescue bag and a pair of rescue tubes at the Hanakapi`ai stream along Kaua`i's Na Pali coast.

Tyler and Shabad also put a 90-foot long rope inside the bag, that can be thrown across the stream to catch someone if they were to be swept away from a flash flood. The rescue tubes serve as anchors for the people pulling the victim to shore.

In April 2014, more than 120 hikers had to be rescued when they became trapped after a flash flood occurred. The steam became impassable and many hikers were forced to stay overnight until they could be rescued the following day.

That same year, in August 2014, 19-year-old Zoe Walker drowned after being swept at the nearby Hanakoa stream while attempting to cross.

Tyler and Shabad say Walker's death was what inspired them to take action. 

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