The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 1:04 this afternoon for a lost hiker at the Paumalu Gulch Trail on Oahu’s North Shore. Five HFD units, staffed with 16 personnel, responded. The first unit arrived at the scene at 1:36 p.m., then established command and investigated the situation.
A 25-year-old female, who had been hiking alone for two hours, called 911 when she became lost deep in the gulch. She reported she was uninjured, but needed help getting down from the trail.
Two fire fighters began ascending the trail on foot while the incident commander established a landing zone at the nearby Sunset Elementary School. Meanwhile, HFD’s Air 2 transported two rescue personnel to an area near the lost hiker, based on the GPS location of her cell phone.
Rescue personnel made contact with the lost hiker at 1:53 p.m. then loaded her into Air 2 which airlifted everyone to the landing zone at 1:59 p.m. The hiker was able to get into her car which she had parked earlier at the very same school.
The HFD urges the public to plan ahead before hiking and follow safety tips:
Hike with a Partner
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 a 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. Do not rely on social media to get information about a trail.