The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 5:44 this afternoon for a distressed hiker on the Moanalua Middle Ridge Trail. Four units, staffed with 12 personnel, responded. At 5:58 p.m., the first HFD Unit arrived, established command, and secured a landing zone at the Moanalua Valley Neighborhood Park. A 20-year-old-male was hiking for approximately seven hours before calling 911 and he reported that his legs started to cramp up, not allowing him to make his way out of the trail.
HFD’s Air 2 arrived at the landing zone where two rescue specialists boarded the aircraft. Using the distressed hiker’s cell phone Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates, Air 2 could only fly to the midway point due to foul weather conditions. Air 2 then inserted the rescue specialists into the trail who hiked toward the distressed hiker. There, the rescue specialists made an assessment and determined the distressed hiker was not injured, but had severe cramping to both legs.
The two rescue specialists then assisted the distressed hiker to a location where HFD’s Utility Task Vehicle 5 (UTV5) was able to load and transport the hiker out of the trail. At 9:03 p.m., UTV5 arrived at the Moanalua Valley Neighborhood Park where the distressed hiker refused any further medical attention.