HFD SEARCHES IN DARKNESS AND RESCUES LOST HIKER
NEAR WHITMORE VILLAGE

The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 8:09 p.m. for a lost hiker in a
gulch near the Whitmore Village area . Six resource units, staffed with 17 personnel,
responded to the rescue call. The first fire fighters were provided access to the Naval
Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station (NCTAMS) by Military Police
and arrived at Saipan Drive at 8:22 p.m.

The Military Police Officers reported that they heard a woman calling for help from the
gulch. HFD personnel confirmed her location as she communicated with a light source
and by voice. She stated that she was not injured, did not have a cell phone, and was
on a dirt road headed down to the Dole Plantation area. Since the terrain of the south
side of the gulch was steep and unpassable on foot, the HFD personnel relocated to the
north side of the gulch to access Plantation Road. The ground search focused on
thoroughly checking the entire two and one-half miles of Plantation Road and
surrounding area by vehicle using searchlights and public address systems. The aerial
search resumed after being suspended due to inclement weather and poor visibility.
Shortly thereafter, voice communication with the hiker was reestablished and Air 1 was
able to locate, extract, and airlift the 37-year-old local resident safely to a landing zone
nearby. Patient care was then transferred to the Emergency Medical Services unit at
11:20 p.m. 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:

Start Exiting the Trail Well Before Sunset
Know what time the sun sets and allow enough time to exit well before dusk
arrives. In case of an emergency, including injury, it helps rescuers locate you
quicker.
Bring Your Cell Phone, Flashlight, Foul Weather Clothing, Whistle
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 source.

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