The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call today at 6:59 p.m. for an injured hiker on the Makapuu Lighthouse Trail in Hawaii Kai. Five resource units staffed with 16 personnel responded. The first fire fighters arrived at the Makapuu Lighthouse trailhead at 7:11 p.m. and entered the trail on foot. The 911 caller stated that they were at the top of the trail but decided to venture off and head down to the tide pools at the ocean’s edge. The fire fighters on foot made contact with the 34-year-old female patient at 7:23 p.m. After hiking for 30 minutes with three others and a dog, she injured her left ankle as she tried to descend the unimproved, steep, rocky embankment and could not walk. After providing basic life support treatment and packaging her for extraction, Air 1 airlifted the injured female to the landing zone located nearby at the Sandy Beach Park where patient care was transferred to the awaiting Emergency Medical Services unit at 7:49 p.m. The other three hikers and dog did not need any medical attention and exited the trail safely under their own power. 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:
• Stay on the Trail
Most accidents happen when hikers leave the established trail and disregard warning signs. Staying on the trail greatly reduces your chances of having a serious fall or getting lost.
• 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, visit www.fire.honolulu.gov