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Firefighters rescue lost couple hiking in Kahana Valley

By Star-Advertiser staff


Firefighters rescued a couple who became lost while hiking in Kahana Valley.

Honolulu fire Capt. Terry Seelig said the hikers started hiking about 11:30 a.m.Thursday and first called the Department of Land and Natural Resources for help about 3:30 p.m., but left a wrong number in a voice message.

The department relayed the message, and the Fire Department began searching in Kahana Valley, but couldn’t reach the couple until about 5:30 p.m. when the husband and wife called again for help, this time dialing 911.

Seelig said firefighters in a helicopter found the hikers in the back of the valley about 7 p.m. 

Firefighters picked up the hikers and flew them back, one at a time, to Swanzy Beach Park.

The couple was not hurt.

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808chubs wrote:
So, who pays for these "emergency" services? If these idiots make the conscience decision to enter into an unknown area and put themselves in danger, then need toi be rescued, who pays for it?
on July 20,2012 | 04:43AM
false wrote:
You don't start a hike in Kahana at 11 am to get to the ditch trail at the back of the valley. You start at day break. The pig trails that get you there will get you out but it is arduous and thicket mastering. So what business did they have going there without planning? They can pay for the rescue because they were smart enough to get in, then they were smart enough to get out, but the return should have been at 1 pm to get out by 5 pm and avoid dark. Chickened out on themselves getting out and we get to pay for it.
on July 20,2012 | 05:07AM
allie wrote:
Why couldn't they trace the cell number. But Mr. False is right: too many people hiking who should stay at home
on July 20,2012 | 06:30AM
olos73 wrote:
KHON2 site said the husband and wife are from Oregon, and supposedly "experienced hikers" but followed the ribbons marked as pig trails. Maybe experienced in Oregon, but, evidently NOT in Hawaii. Add these rescue charges to their vacation spending.
on July 20,2012 | 07:29PM
Manapua_Man wrote:
on July 20,2012 | 06:27AM
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