HFD RESCUES INJURED HIKER ON MAUNAWILI FALLS TRAIL

The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 8:48 this morning about an injured hiker on the Maunawili Falls Trail. Five HFD units, staffed with 16 personnel, responded. The first unit arrived at the scene at 8:59 a.m., established command then immediately began hiking up the trail as the incident commander established a landing zone at the Maunawili Neighborhood Park.

A 48-year-old female visitor from South Carolina was injured while hiking with her two teenaged children. She stepped in a muddy area, slipped and fell which caused her to twist her right ankle.

Four fire fighters, who hiked up the trail, made contact with the patient at 9:12 a.m. then shortly thereafter, the HFD’s Air 1 inserted a rescue specialist into the area. The HFD personnel packaged the patient into a rescue stretcher, which Air 1 transported to the landing zone. Patient care was transferred to Emergency Medical Services at 9:57 a.m. Her children were not injured and they walked out of the trail on their own, escorted by HFD personnel.

Hiking Safety Tips
 Bring a cell phone with a full battery. It can be a lifesaver during an emergency.
 Pack food and water. Stay hydrated.
 Know your physical abilities and limitations.
 Research the trail you intend to hike to avoid getting lost or injured.
 Do not go off the trail. Do not rely on social media for information about a trail.