The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 2:31 p.m. for an injured hiker on the Moanalua Middle Ridge Trail. Five resource units staffed with 13 personnel responded. Since Air 1 had just completed another mission nearby and was airborne, he arrived at scene first at 2:40 p.m. The first fire fighters arrived at the scene at Moanalua Valley Neighborhood Park at 2:44 p.m. Rescue specialists ascended to nearly the top of the ridge to make contact with the male patient at 3:04 p.m. After an initial medical assessment was performed, the hiker mentioned he experienced muscle cramping in his quadricep area and was unable to walk. Rescue specialists assisted the injured hiker to an area where Air 1 was able to land and assisted him into the aircraft at 3:24 p.m. Air 1 transported him to the landing zone, returned to pick up his uninjured female companion hiker from the same location and also transported her safely to the landing zone at 3:34 p.m. Both hikers did not require medical attention and joined the rest of their 14-member hiking group as they exited the trail by foot. Also, all HFD personnel were accounted for with no reports of injuries.
The HFD urges the public to hike safely and provides the following safety tips:
Pack Food (Snacks) and Water
Stay hydrated and nourished during the hike to avoid dehydration.
Assess Your Capabilities
Compare your level of fitness, ability, and experience with the trail description. Be practical and realistic. There are a wide variety of trails in Hawaii, so pick one that suits your level.
For more information, please visit www.fire.honolulu.gov