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Hikers rescue mother and baby washed away in flash flood

Maunawili Falls Trail Maunawili Falls Trail
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Honolulu Firefighters say a mother and her baby were washed away by flash flooding while hiking along the Maunawili Falls Trail Monday afternoon. Fortunately, they were rescued by other hikers who were downstream from them.

 "When we arrived here, there was actually a man calling out some name we didn't know. Then he spotted us little down the way and he was asking if we seen the child," said Nicholas Schwartz, who was also on the trail.

The mother, father, and four children ranging from ages eight years old to under one year old were visiting from California.

Firefighters say they were hiking in extremely hazardous conditions at about 3 p.m. when the mother and youngest child become separated from the group by a raging river.

Honolulu Firefighters arrived minutes after Schwartz's phone call to find the pair had already been rescued.

Shwartz is a Kailua resident and knows the area well. He says the family should have saved the hike for another day.

"It's too dangerous and it's slippery too. If it's pouring over here, it's gonna be flooding. So I don't recommend coming on this hike when it's this weather... maybe on a sunny day. Other than that, go to views, not hiking trails like this," Schwartz said.

An HFD official say they are “extremely lucky” that they were not seriously hurt.

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