The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 10:55 this morning about an injured hiker at the Sunset Pillbox Trail on the North Shore of Oʻahu. Five HFD units, staffed with 16 personnel, responded. The first unit arrived at the scene at 11:03 a.m., established command then began ascending the trail on foot while the incident commander established a landing zone at the Kamokila Community Park in order for Rescue 2 personnel to quickly embark onto Air 3 and head toward the injured hiker.
The 911 caller reported that a 23-year-old female, who had been hiking alone for an hour with her 25 pound dog, twisted her right ankle injuring it where she was unable to walk. Four fire fighters, who hiked up to the first pillbox, made contact with the injured hiker at 11:24 a.m. then assessed her condition and recommended an aerial extraction.
Air 3 transported two rescue personnel and inserted them into the pillbox area at 11:52 a.m. to package the injured hiker load her onto Air 3, which airlifted her to another landing zone at Sunset Beach Neighborhood Park where an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) unit was waiting. Patient care was transferred to the EMS at 11:59 a.m.
Meanwhile, HFD personnel walked the injured hiker’s dog down the trail to reunite with her. According to EMS, the patient refused transport to a hospital and said her friends were coming to get her and the dog.
The HFD urges the public to plan before hiking and follow these safety tips:
Hike with a Partner
It is safer to hike with another person. If hiking alone, 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.