The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 2:18 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 2:26 p.m., established command and deployed an engine company to secure a landing zone inside the Diamond Head Crater.
The 911 caller said a 50-year-old-female visitor from California, who was hiking with her husband and six others, became dizzy and fainted just after the tunnel section of the trail. As fire fighters ascended the trail on foot, the HFD’s Air 3 landed on the helipad near the summit and rescue specialists made patient contact at 2:39 p.m. The patient was able to walk with assistance to Air 3 and boarded the aircraft, which transported her to the landing zone. Patient care was transferred to the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) at 2:51 p.m. Air 3 returned to the summit to transport her uninjured husband and two remaining rescue specialists to the landing zone. The remaining members of their hiking party walked down the trail on their own.
HFD personnel also assisted a 13-year-old boy who they noticed as they were hiking up the trail because he was having trouble breathing. One of the fire fighters escorted the boy and his parents to the EMS crews who had been waiting at the landing zone. The boy declined medical attention.
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.