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Stricken, lost hikers keep Oahu rescue crews busy

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:22 a.m. HST, Sep 03, 2012

Oahu firefighters were busy Saturday, rescuing hikers from various trails around the island, a Fire Department spokesman said.

One man was transported to a local hospital after sustaining an arm injury, Capt. Gary Lum said. The man was hiking the Kuliouou Ridge when he fell off of the trail near the top around 2:20 p.m., Lum said. He was airlifted off the trail and transported to the hospital.

Before that, two hikers were rescued in Kaaawa near one of the trail’s waterfalls. The call came in around 12:45 p.m. that two hikers were in distress, Lum said. 

They started on the trail near Hua Malani Street and were uninjured when they called for help.

Around 4 p.m., rescue crews responded to a report that three hikers on a Waimanalo trail were unable to complete their hike. Lum said two of the hikers in the group were able to make it out, while three others stayed behind and called for help. He was unaware of any injuries.

And shortly after firefighters responded to that call, another came in from the Kuliouou trail around 4:14 p.m. Two hikers got lost off the trail and are waiting for the Fire Department’s rescue helicopter to be available to locate them, Lum said.

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olos73 wrote:
Taxpayers paying for all this?
on September 2,2012 | 08:54PM
SueH wrote:
No problem! Have fun. Go hiking. When you get too tired, or bored and don't want to hike out, just fake an injury and call for the helicopter! Free air taxi service.
on September 2,2012 | 09:13PM
HOSSANA wrote:
I have no sympathy for all these lost hikers...NONE WHATSOEVER. i DO HOPE THAT ALL THESE LOST HIKERS ARE PAYING FOR THE EXPENSE as it was going to be a mandate as it was reported in the news several years ago. i am just sick and tired of all these hikers getting lost and every month we have to read about the fire & rescue crews risking their lives to save these idiot hikers. There is no excuse for these rescue operations. Geezus, if these idiots get lost, THEN SO BE IT! THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE EXPENSES IN THE RESCUE OPERATION which includes overtime, hazardous pay etc......
on September 3,2012 | 12:43AM
bumbye wrote:
I blame it partly on the cell phones. If no mo, people would take less risks or solve their own problems. Or die up on the trails. Idiots.
on September 3,2012 | 08:08AM
olos73 wrote:
HFD is searching for another hiker at Aiea Loop Trail this morning (Monday) because the hiker stayed behind yesterday while his other 3 buddies kept on walking and got out. They were texting each other until his battery died. This is a waste of HFD personnel being available for fires, accidents and emergencies. IF YOU BILL THEM, THEY WILL NOT GO...
on September 3,2012 | 08:20AM
SteveToo wrote:
You can't get lost on the Aiea Loop trail. Maybe detained by darkness, or fall off at a very few spots w/a drop, but lost? No way. That would be like getting lost in Kapiolani park.
on September 3,2012 | 11:14AM
Fred01 wrote:
Will be sure to send you the bill!
on September 3,2012 | 11:16AM
olos73 wrote:
Another one reported missing Sunday night in Aiea trail, not found as of Monday morning. I'd rather have HFD available for fires, accidents, emergencies instead of rescuing lost hikers. BILL THEM AND THEY WILL NOT GO...
on September 3,2012 | 08:10AM
HOSSANA wrote:
My heart always goes out to the rescue personnel that have to make life sacrifices, their life, to save lost hikers because of their stupid and idiot actions.
on September 3,2012 | 09:22AM
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