QUEENSBURY, N.Y. - Bruce and Shay Mason, of Queensbury, say they were on a hike to see a waterfall on the Hawaiian island of Kauai in the Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park when the stream they needed to cross became impassable. The rising waters killed one New York City woman who attempted to cross the stream on her own.
After spending the day stranded by rising flood water, the couple was rescued by helicopter along with the 20 others who has gone for the two-mile mountain hike to see the falls.
The rain had started to pour and the stream hikers had to pass to get up the mountain and to the waterfall had become treacherous.
"Water was running fast and we were debating whether we should cross it...and then another guy plowed right through, so we though we can do this," they said.
The group came together and had to rely on their survival skills. The Masons say one teenage boy had a Swiss Amy knife and began to build a shelter.
"At first you think this is crazy, I can't believe this is happening, you're kind of laughing about it and then as time goes on, and your realize no one's coming and you're getting cold," Shay said. "I admit I started to panic when I realized I couldn't feel my hands and feet anymore.
One of the hikers, a firefighter, decided he needed to get down the mountain to let rescuers know about the group, so he borrowed Bruce's boots and headed down for help.
After the rescue, the Masons ended up spending the night in a small tent on a lower portion of the mountain with about 14 others.
The Masons were celebrating a 40th birthday and their second honeymoon on their vacation. They say they would like to head back to Kauai and complete their hike.
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