LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — Authorities have identified the woman who drowned while crossing a rain-swollen stream near a Kauai beach as 43-year-old Norka Villacorta of New York City.
County spokeswoman Beth Tokioka said Saturday night that her body was recovered downstream Friday.
She was among a group of more than 50 hikers who became stranded Thursday afternoon by high water. Fire officials say she apparently tried to cross on her own and was swept away.
Rescuers tried to reach the stranded hikers on Thursday evening, but high water and strong winds made it too difficult, and the hikers were forced to spend the night outdoors.
Two firefighters were able to help the 55 hikers on the far side of Hanakapiai Stream reach safety after the water had receded. None needed medical assistance.