The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call this evening at 7:22 p.m. to rescue three hikers from the Waimano Ridge Trail in Pearl City. Five HFD units, staffed with 16 personnel, responded with the first fire fighters arriving at the scene at 7:34 p.m.
It was reported that two teenagers, including an 18-year-old female and a 19-year-old male, had been hiking the trail since earlier in the day and became lost. One of the teenagers notified a family member of their situation and the family member, an adult male, entered the trail to search for them. The adult male eventually located the two teenagers and due to darkness, all three of them were unable to exit the trail and called 911 for help.
The HFD utilized the GPS from one of the hikers’ cell phones, which had placed them approximately one mile from the trailhead. HFD rescue specialists entered the trail on foot to locate the hikers and the HFD’s Air 1 provided air support for reconnaissance. The rescue specialists located the hikers and after determining that there were no injuries, the hikers were escorted back to the trailhead at 9:05 p.m. All HFD personnel were accounted for with no reports of injuries. The three hikers were residents.
The HFD urges the public to hike safely and provides the following hiking safety tips:
– In case of an emergency your cell phone can be a lifesaver. Ensure that your battery is full prior to your hike.
– Getting a late start increases the possibility of getting caught in the dark. Know your turnaround time and stick to it to allow enough time to return.
– Call or text 911 as soon as you need help.