The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 1:01 p.m. when a group of dirt bikers found a lost man wandering the trails above Mililani Cemetery. Four resource units, staffed with 11 personnel, responded. The first fire fighters arrived at the scene at 2:36 p.m. HFD personnel established command and set out on foot and initiated a ground search while HFD’s Air 1, searched from the air. Patient contact was made at 2:43 p.m. The man was reported to have been lost for two days and appeared to be disoriented when he was found. HFD personnel escorted him off the trail and transferred patient care to Emergency Medical Services personnel at 3:04 p.m. HFD personnel concluded the incident with no reports of injuries.
The HFD urges the public to hike safely and provides the following hiking safety tips:
In case of an emergency your cell phone can be a lifesaver. Ensure that your battery is full prior to your hike. If you lose cell phone connection, get to higher ground to improve your reception.
Start early. Your rescue probabilities are way better during daylight hours than at night. Getting a late start increases the possibility of getting caught in the dark.
Know your turnaround time and stick to it to allow enough time to return. Call or text 911 as soon as you need help. If you think you are lost, you probably are. The best thing to do is call 911 as soon as you think you are in trouble.