The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 7:30 p.m. for four lost hikers on the Judd Loop Trail in Nuuanu. Four resource units, staffed with 12 personnel, responded. The first fire fighters arrived at the scene at 7:38 p.m. HFD personnel established command and set out on foot and conducted a ground search. The hikers, one male and one female, both adults, and two children, ages 7 and 6, were located and found to be uninjured. The HFD did not request the Emergency Medical Services and cancelled the services of the HFD’s Air 1. The hikers, who are visiting from Iowa, got started late and headed out on the trail at 6:00 p.m. HFD personnel escorted the hikers off the trail and 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.
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 and getting lost.
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.