The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 4:05 p.m. for an injured hiker on the Pink Pillbox Trail in Maile. Five resource units, staffed with 13 personnel, responded. The first fire fighters arrived at the scene at 4:14 p.m. HFD personnel established command, set up a landing zone, and set out on foot to locate the injured hiker. It was reported that the hiker, a 23-year-old female rolled her ankle while hiking with two friends. The two hikers tried to assist their injured companion off the trail, but she was ultimately no longer able to continue. Fire fighters on the ground made patient contact at 4:36 p.m. HFD’s Air 1 inserted two rescue personnel to the hiker’s location and the patient was packaged up then airlifted off the trail to awaiting Emergency Medical Services personnel. Her companions were able to hike out on their own. 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.