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Rescue personnel assist hikers in Hawaii Kai, Waianae

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 6:58 p.m. HST, Jun 12, 2013

Fire rescue personnel on Oahu assisted two hikers in separate incidents at about the same time Wednesday, and a fire helicopter was dispatched to both but not needed.

The first incident occurred at 3:15 p.m. in Hawaii Kai.

Fire Capt. Gary Lum said a female visitor injured her ankle  when she fell at Koko Crater Botanical Gardens. A fire rescue crew used a battalion chief’s sport utility vehicle to pick up and transport the woman down to Emergency Medical Services paramedics at 4:09 p.m.

The second call about a hiker in distress above Waianae Intermediate School came at 3:30 p.m. A young man about 19 or 20, who was with another man about the same age, suffered an anxiety attack and was unable to continue along the trail or go back, Lum said.

Fire crews walked to get to the man, who was not very far along the trail, and escorted him out. Lum said the two started out their hike from 85-140 Ala Walua St.

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