The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 1:03 p.m. for lost hikers on the Kamananui Valley Trail in Moanalua. Five resource units, staffed with 16 personnel, responded. The first fire fighters arrived at the scene at 1:11 p.m. HFD personnel established command and set up a landing zone. It was reported that a father and son was hiking the trail when they lost their way. HFD’s Air 1, inserted two rescue personnel to the hikers’ location and patient contact was made at 1:44 p.m. The hikers were found to be uninjured and were airlifted off the trail. Medical treatment was not needed. 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.