(BIVN) – The body of a female was recovered from the Wailuku River on Sunday, after it was reportedly seen going over Rainbow Falls the day before.
The body has not been identified.
The Hawaii County Fire Department said that at 2 p.m. on Saturday, the body “was observed to go over Rainbow Falls, and proceed down river, face down. River conditions were extreme with very high flow rates from several days of nearly continuous rain.”
A Hawaii County Fire Department chopper “was able to locate the body and guide rescuers down a steep embankment to a small cliff over the river where the body was stuck in an eddy,” a fire dispatch reported. “A line was secured to the body at dusk. At first light this morning, ground units were able to set up a lowering, rappel and raising rope system above the river and retrieve the body. The female body was turned over to HPD and the coroner for identification.”
Battalion Chief Matthias Kusch spoke to news media following the recovery effort. Kusch said he checked with police and there are no new reports of missing persons in the Wailuku River area.
In January of this year, Chicago-area resident Kelly Mrowinski, on assignment as a travel nurse at Hilo Medical Center, was swept away in the same river but her body was never recovered.