HFD RESCUES LOST HIKERS ON MANANA TRAIL

The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 1:25 this afternoon about lost hikers on Manana Trail. Four HFD units, staffed with 12 personnel, responded. The first unit arrived at the scene at 1:52 p.m., established command and the incident commander secured a landing zone at the top of Waimano Home Road.

A 26-year-old female Kailua resident called 911 when she and her 23-year-old male companion got lost on the trail after they had been hiking since 9:00 a.m. Due to a poor cellular phone connection, the HFD’s Air 1 with three rescue specialists onboard conducted a visual search of the trail. HFD personnel spotted the lost hikers and Air 1 inserted two rescue specialists into their area at 2:13 p.m. There were no injuries. Air 1 then transported the female hiker to the landing zone at 2:23 p.m. followed by the male hiker at 2:30 p.m.

Hiker Safety Tips
 Know your physical abilities and limitations; select trails that you can enjoy safely.
 Learn about the trail you intend to explore. Know the route and its degree of difficulty.
 Read and follow the signs or directions. Be aware of restricted or closed trails.
 Do not rely on social media for information about a trail.