Why Hawaii Wants You to Stay Away From Deadly Tourist Attraction Queen's Bath
Queen's Bath in Kaua'i is a beautiful but dangerous place for tourists to visit.
Is the Queen's Bath the deadliest tourist spot in Hawaii?
Twenty-nine people have perished in recent years at the famous Kaua'i location, a natural tide pool formed by lava rock. Video from April of last year showed a man being swallowed up by a huge wave as he was snapping photos of the landmark. Thankfully, he survived.
But others have not been so lucky. Yayun "Lucy" Cheng, 23, of Los Angeles was enjoying the view last December when a wave carried her away.
Witnesses there to enjoy the scenery captured Cheng's tragic last moments, with cellphone video showing the young student being dragged across jagged rock and into the ocean.
A days-long search ensued before it was eventually called off. Her body was never found.
Inside Edition's Chief Correspondent Jim Moret went to Kaua'i to visit the Queen's Bath to learn what's being done to prevent more tragedies in the future.
Ocean Safety Bureau operations chief Kalani Vierra and two lifeguards escorted Moret down the trail for a closer look at the attraction. A makeshift plaque near the water shows the death tally, while authorities have put up a fence to block the entrance to Queen's Bath, warning visitors to stay back for their own safety.
That doesn't stop them, though. Inside Edition's drone camera spotted people down by the tide pool, standing on the lava rock and jumping into the powerful current.
While the Queen's Bath may make the perfect backdrop for a selfie, it could cost you your life.
"It's extremely frustrating," Mayor Derek Kawakami told Inside Edition. "I want people to come to Kaua'i. We want to share what we have. There's many beaches for you to come to enjoy.
"Just not down there."
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