LOST HIKER AIRLIFTED FROM LANIPO TRAIL IN KAIMUKI

The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 4:15 p.m. for a lost hiker on the Lanipo Trail in Kaimuki. Five HFD units responded with approximately 16 personnel. Fire crews arrived at the trailhead at 4:31 p.m. and ascended up the trail on foot in search of the lost hiker. HFD rescue specialists and Air 1 began an aerial search as well.

A 32 year-old female resident, hiking alone, reported being lost just off the trail about one and half miles from the trail head. Rescue personnel in Air 1 were able to spot the hiker from the air. HFD’s aircraft was able to land near the hiker’s location and she was airlifted to a landing zone at Palolo District Park. There were no injuries reported so the HFD did not call the Emergency Medical Services.

Hiking Safety Tips
 If you call 911 to be rescued in the mountains, please stay in the same area so the rescuers can find you based on your last known geo-location coordinates.
 Know your physical abilities and limitations and select trails that can be enjoyed safely.
 Be sure to have at least one cellular phone with a full battery in case you need to call for assistance.

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