The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 4:16 this afternoon to rescue an injured hiker on the Kuliouou Ridge Trail. Four HFD units, staffed with 12 personnel, responded. The first unit arrived at the scene at 4:29 p.m.
The 911 caller said he and a 40 year old woman had been hiking for about two hours when she slipped on some roots injuring her ankle, possibly breaking her right foot.
The HFD’s Air 1 airlifted three rescue personnel up near the top of the ridge where they hiked into an area and made contact with the injured hiker at approximately 5:00 p.m. Rescuers splinted the patient’s right ankle and placed her onto a rescue stretcher then carried her to an extraction point where she was loaded onto Air 1. Her companion was not injured and walked down the trail on his own.
Meanwhile, the HFD incident commander had requested that the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) respond to the Kuliouou Neighborhood Park which was established as a landing zone.
Air 1 then transported the injured hiker to the landing zone at Kuliouou Neighborhood Park where patient care was transferred to the EMS at 5:28 p.m.