The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 2:34 this afternoon about a hiker in distress on the Diamond Head Summit Trail. Five HFD units, staffed with16 personnel, responded. The first unit arrived at the scene at 2:42 p.m., established command and deployed an engine company to secure a landing zone inside the Diamond Head Crater.
A 74-year-old-female visitor from Florida was hiking for about an hour with her adult grandson and his adult girlfriend when she could no longer continue. The family told the HFD that she had fainted for two minutes and became very weak. Four fire fighters immediately hiked up the trail then made patient contact at 2:54 p.m. and rendered medical attention and assessed her vitals. HFD’s Air 2 inserted a rescue personnel into the area and the patient was packaged onto a rescue stretcher, which was then placed into Air 2 and airlifted to the landing zone. Patient care was transferred to the Emergency Medical Services at 3:21 p.m. The patient’s grandson and his girlfriend were not injured and walked down on their own where they were reunited with the patient.
Hiking Safety Tips
● Bring a cell phone with a full battery and, if possible, an external back-up battery.
● Pack food, snacks and water.
● Stay hydrated and prepare for the unexpected.
● Know your physical abilities and limitations; select trails that can be enjoyed safely.