The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 10:48 this morning for a hiker in distress near the helipad at the top of the Diamond Head Summit Trail. Five HFD units, staffed with 16 personnel, responded. The first unit arrived at the scene at 10:59 a.m. and established command then began ascending up the trail by foot to find the ailing hiker.
A 47-year-old male, who was hiking with his wife and daughter, became lightheaded and had to sit down because he felt like he was going to pass out. Other hikers on the trail called 911 and tried to help him.
Four fighters hiked all the way up the trail and made contact with the patient at 11:15 a.m. HFD’s Air 1 airlifted two rescue personnel to the summit where they escorted the patient, who was stable enough to walk, onto Air 1 which then transported the patient to a landing zone inside the Diamond Head Crater.
Patient care was then transferred to the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) at 11:27 a.m. The patient’s wife and daughter, who were able to walk down, were escorted out of the trail by fire fighters. EMS informed them that the patient had been taken to Straub Medical Center.
The HFD reminds the public to follow hiking safety tips:
Hike With A Friend
It is safer to hike with another person. If not, at least tell someone where you are planning to hike and what time you are starting your hike.
Bring Your Cellular Phone
In case of an emergency your cell phone can be a lifesaver. Ensure that your battery is full prior to your hike. We recommend packing an external back-up battery.
Get Information About The Trail
Prior to hiking, learn about the trail you intend to hike so you will know the route, where to start and the degree of difficulty. When you get to the trail’s entrance, read and follow signs or directions. Be aware of restricted or closed trails. Do not just rely on social media to get information about a trail.