HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) — The California traveler who died after being rescued from waters south of Kauai has been determined to be the same person. Authorities identified her as Judith Bailey, a 77-year-old California resident. Around 11:30 a.m. Monday, she was rescued from the sea at Poipu Beach Park. Authorities said rescuers located a diver who was in danger in the lagoon area and brought him to safety on shore. When other first responders arrived, they reported that Bailey was aware of his surroundings and conscious. She was rushed to Wilcox Medical Center, but she did not survive her time there. Autopsy results have not yet been released.
The Bailey family received help from the Life’s Bridges bereavement counseling service, which was provided by volunteer counsellors. County officials are reminding beachgoers to exercise caution when in the water. “It is with deep regret that we inform you of the passing of a second guest. According to the statement issued by Kauai Police Bureau of Investigative Services Acting Captain Kennison Nagahisa, the public is reminded “to be aware of your surroundings and your abilities in the water.” The latest water-related fatality occurred on June 10, 2023, in a section of Makua Beach that is more commonly referred to as Tunnels. The Kingston Police Department strongly recommends tourists and locals visit beaches where lifeguards are on duty and exercise extreme caution before entering the ocean.