Kona woman swept away by raging waters at Boiling Pots

Kona woman swept away by raging waters at Boiling Pots
Picture from Facebook Page
Picture from Facebook Page

HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Rescue crews had to suspend the search for 62-year old Jolee Reiswig a little after 4:00 p.m. after another flash flood warning was issued for the Big Island.

Reiswig was swimming with a man in a scenic, but off-limits area known as Boiling Pots in the Wailuku River State Park Monday afternoon when they were suddenly swept through the rapids.  The man was able to get to safety, but Reiswig couldn't be found.

Hawaii County Fire crews started searching Tuesday morning using a chopper to do aerial searches and drop gear to dive crews.

"Our next operation is going to be a scuba operation, which is really dangerous," says Captain Miles Kawazoe of the Waiakea Fire Station.

Dive crews scaled the banks of the river.

A noodle and tube were found.

The area is a succession of pools over lava tubes.  The waters roll through and bubble, as if boiling.

"It's a restricted area," says Kawazoe, "There are signs posted throughout."

Reiswig lives in Kona.  She owns a Bed and Breakfast and was reportedly swimming with a client.  Her Facebook page shows her swimming and paddle boarding all over the Big Island.

Rescuers will return Wednesday to search again if it's safe.

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