The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 8:16 this morning about an injured hiker on the Koko Crater Trail. Five HFD units, staffed with 16 personnel, responded. The first unit arrived at the scene at 8:26 a.m., established command then immediately began hiking up the trail as the incident commander established a landing zone at the Koko Head District Park.
A 19-year-old male, in the U.S. Navy, who was exercising with his unit, lost his footing as he was coming down the trail at about three-quarter of the way from the summit. His master chief said he fell face first, tumbled down 18 steps and hit his head causing him to lose consciousness for a few seconds and injure his right shin.
Three fire fighters, who hiked up the trail, made contact with the patient at 8:46 a.m. and applied a cervical collar to support his neck. HFD’s Air 1 transported and inserted two rescue specialists into the area who made patient contact at 8:51 a.m. The HFD personnel then packaged the patient into a stretcher, which Air 1 then transported to the landing zone. Patient care was transferred to Emergency Medical Services at 9:09 a.m. Air 1 then returned to the trail to airlift the remaining HFD personnel to the landing zone.
The HFD urges the public to hike safely and follow these safety tips:
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
Research the trail you intend to hike so you will know where to start, the climate conditions and the degree of difficulty. When you get to the trail’s entrance, follow signs or directions. Do not go off the trail. Do not rely on social media for information about a trail.