Honolulu firefighters rescue two hikers from out of state from Oahu trails


Honolulu firefighters rescued two other injured hikers this afternoon – one at Pauoa Flats Trail in the Koolaus above Manoa and one at Maili Pillbox Trail.

At 12:16 p.m., Honolulu firefighters received a call to 911 for a hiker with a knee injury at Pauoa Flats.

A 22-year-old woman visiting Washington state, along with three companions, had injured their right knee at Pauoa Flats. The four had climbed to Pauoa Flats via the Manoa Falls Trail.

As she was in a high area under a thick canopy of trees, two rescue specialists came to the scene via the Air 1 helicopter.

They put a brace on the woman’s knee, then put her on a stretcher and transported her to an extraction point where Air 1 could fly her to the park’s landing area. of Manoa district.

She was transferred to emergency medical services at 1:54 p.m.

The other three hikers, who were not injured, hiked the rest of the trail and exited, accompanied by the firefighters.

Then at 1:37 p.m. HFD received another call for a distressed hiker at the Maili Pillbox Trail in Waianae.

Five units with 13 people responded, arriving at the scene 10 minutes later.

A 54-year-old woman visiting from Georgia had walked up to the pillbox with four companions. She was halfway to the bunker when she fell ill from heat exhaustion.

Three firefighters walked up the trail found the patient at 2:10 p.m.

They checked her vital signs and found that she was dehydrated and weak. She initially attempted to descend the trail escorted by firefighters, but was unable to continue.

Air 1 airlifted her to the landing area at Puu O Hulu Community Park. She was transferred to emergency medical services at 2:35 p.m.

The woman’s four companions were not injured and walked the trail alone.

HFD urges the public to bring enough food and water, to inform themselves in advance about the hiking trail and its degree of difficulty.

In an emergency, a cell phone can be a lifeline. It is ideal for taking a fully charged cell phone on a hike, in addition to an external backup battery.


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