Navy pilots and air crewmen responded to an “S.O.S.” message written on sand on Kalalau Beach, in Na Pali Coast Park in Kauai, in what would seem like a scene straight out of a movie.
According to a feature on the Navy website, a tour helicopter had seen the “S.O.S.” message at around 10:15 a.m. on April 7. The discovery reached Naval aviators, as well as other Sailors from various commands, who were in the midst of advanced training operations at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) in Barking Sands, off the western coast of Kauai, Hawaii.
An investigation into the report led to the confirmation of the “S.O.S” message. Two pilots and two air crewmen were then sent on board an SH-60B “Seahawk” helicopter to rescue the victims: two women whose identities were not revealed in the report. The rescue team included a search and rescue (SAR) swimmer.
One of the rescued victims had suffered a serious injury, and was reported as very ill. Both women were taken to PMRF for emergency treatment, before being taken to Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital.