11-Year-Old Boy Swept into Iao Stream Rescued, Unharmed

On Saturday, July 23, 2016, fire rescue crews airlifted an 11-year-old Paukukalo boy and his father from the Iao Stream.

Crews got the call at 3:23 p.m. and responded to a young boy that was reported to be stranded on an island in the Iao Stream, near Sack-n-Save in Paukukalo.

Wailuku firefighters arrived at 3:30 p.m. and saw the child and an adult male on a dry island in the middle of Iao Stream. Bystanders were attempting a rescue with a garden hose thrown to them from the side of the stream. Crews told them to stay on the island until the fire department’s helicopter could arrive.

z Wailuku River Rescue Air 1 MFD
PC: Tasha Barrows

Air 1 airlifted the adult and child to a landing zone on the mauka side of Waiehu Beach Road. Paramedics checked them out and released them at the scene, with the boy suffering only minor abrasions.

The 11-year-old boy was playing in the river with her older sister in a calmer part of the stream. He tried to go after his boogie board as it was floating away, and got swept in by the fast flowing water. After the sister ran home and came back with their father, the boy’s father entered the stream and walked out to his son on the island.

Two engine companies and a rescue crew from Wailuku and Kahului, along with Air 1, responded to the rescue.

VC: Junior Maliwat Carnate
PC: Anthony Goodrich & Tasha Barrows

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