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Stranded hikers spend wet night in Oahu mountains

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:14 a.m. HST, Nov 11, 2013

The Honolulu Fire Department airlifted three hikers to safety this morning after they spent the night, trapped by darkness and bad weather, near Crouching Lion in Kaaawa, a spokesman for the Honolulu Fire Department said Sunday.

The two men and one woman, identified as students at Brigham Young University in Laie, called for help at about 4:45 p.m. Saturday, said Fire Capt. Tyler Chan. But rescue crews were not able to reach them until today.

The hikers were airlifted off the trail, one by one, beginning just after 6 a.m. and were evaluated by paramedics, but Chan said he wasn't sure of their status.

Chan said the students sought shelter under a tree during the night.

A separate trio of hikers were also stranded overnight above Moanalua Valley.

Chan reported Saturday that the hikers made it out safely on their own, but he said he found out later that they instead had to wait until morning.

The hikers first called for help 12:30 p.m. when one of them became separated. The group eventually reunited and began to hike back toward the valley  but couldn't make it out, Chan said. They hiked out on their own sometime this morning.

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kahu808 wrote:
Gotta make use of weather reports.
on November 10,2013 | 12:27PM
SteveToo wrote:
HIker Up. NO call for help unless injured.
on November 10,2013 | 01:40PM
Kuokoa wrote:
Duh! It raining, don't go hiking!
on November 10,2013 | 01:50PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Send 'em the bill!
on November 11,2013 | 04:32AM
false wrote:
Response should be, "Well, stay put until the rain stops and then come back".
on November 11,2013 | 04:50AM
syhud wrote:
Seems like we're getting hikers in distress almost once every two weeks lately. How about creating a rescue squad just for hikers in trouble and at the same time air it's rescues as a reality show.
on November 10,2013 | 02:24PM
awahana wrote:
Yeah. Show how lolo these people are, and charge them, and make money from the show to offset their expensive rescues.
on November 10,2013 | 03:47PM
RichardCory wrote:
Go read more Ayn Rand. It will help you sound even more smarmy.
on November 10,2013 | 05:15PM
patk wrote:
Leave them out there and tell them that all the money for aid is going to the Philippines to people who really need help. Irresponsible hikers don't qualify.
on November 10,2013 | 08:50PM
mikethenovice wrote:
How did they wash their hands?
on November 11,2013 | 04:31AM
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