16-year-old rescued at Queen’s Bath in Hawaii, officials say
A 16-year-old girl washed up on rocks “surrounded by dangerous waves” in Hawaii, officials said.
The O’ahu teenager was rescued Monday, March 14, from Queen’s Bath, an area that has been closed to the public since October due to heavy surf during the winter, Kaua’i County officials said.
Rescuers and a helicopter crew rushed to help the girl.
“Between two sets of dangerous waves, a firefighter from Hanalei, who had attended the scene, swam to the victim and pulled him to safety without further incident,” officials said in a press release. .
The girl had deep cuts on her skin, officials said. Her injuries were not life threatening and she refused treatment. She was returned to her family, according to county officials.
“This incident could have easily turned into a devastating outcome,” Fire Chief Steven Goble said in a news release. “Queen’s Bath remains closed for a reason, and we urge all bathers to take these warnings seriously, for yourself and for our first responders who are also putting their lives at risk.”
Queen’s Bath is a tidal pool in Princeville and is part of an out-and-back trail, according to hiking website AllTrails. It is considered “moderately difficult”.
“Even standing in the area is dangerous, as you can be swept away by the sea,” AllTrails reported. “The gates are closed when the area expects strong waves – do not go around the gates!”