Couple stranded by rising stream

A couple was airlifted to safety Monday after being stranded by high stream waters at the Bamboo Forest Trail in East Maui, according to a fire official.

At 12:32 p.m. Monday, emergency crews received a call about a male and female trapped by high stream waters along the trail, Fire Services Chief Edward Taomoto said. A Paia crew was on scene at 1:07 p.m. and found the couple stranded on the opposite side of the first stream crossing.

The 33-year-old male and 30-year-old female were from Washington, D.C. They had crossed the stream earlier in the day and saw that it had risen on their way back. They decided not to take a chance and cross the stream, Taomoto said.

Another group of tourists had arrived at the stream, spotted the couple and called 911. The department’s Air One helicopter also arrived and airlifted the couple to a pasture on the Hana Highway side of the stream by 1:40 p.m., Taomoto said. No one was injured.

Taomoto said it had been raining “pretty much all day out there,” and was raining when the couple got stranded.