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Firefighters airlift teens stranded overnight on Koolau ridge

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 04:33 p.m. HST, Jan 07, 2014

Two teen boys were forced to spend the night on Koolau ridge after they were unable to complete a hike from Manoa Falls to Waahila Ridge on the other side of Manoa Valley.

Capt. Terry Seelig, Honolulu Fire Department spokesman, said the two hikers called for help at 6 p.m. Monday when it became apparent that they would be unable to complete their trek. Seelig said firefighters this morning were able to hike to the pair at 9 a.m. and escort them to a location where the department's helicopter flew them to Manoa District Park. 

No injuries were reported.

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SteveToo wrote:
To many "ills". See article in MidWeek for the meaning.
on January 7,2014 | 03:57PM
iwanaknow wrote:
Send the bill to the parents?
on January 7,2014 | 03:58PM
Fred01 wrote:
Send the bill to you?
on January 8,2014 | 09:31AM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
So, what was the point of calling that late in the day when you know very well that the HFD helicopter cannot risk a "rescue" attempt in the dark? They ended up spending the night out there anyway. I bet HFD firefighters hate going out on these wild goose chases every week that are, for the most part, unnecessary. There are way too many of these frivolous "Search and Rescues" that the taxpayers are on the hook for on a weekly basis.
on January 7,2014 | 06:52PM
Alohapatty wrote:
Well, two possibilities, Carang. 1. Maybe they didn't "know very well" that HPD can't perform a rescue at night. They're teenagers. Let's hope this was their first time being rescued. 2. Perhaps they thought they would call to let rescuers know their location while they still had a cell phone battery or the stamina to make a call.
on January 8,2014 | 07:54AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Absolutely correct. But HFD personnel just keep going, thats their job and no complaints.
on January 8,2014 | 09:30AM
HanabataDays wrote:
I'm kinda surprised anyone would try that particular hike (as described). Starting from the top of Tantalus, yeah, maybe you can still hike that ridgeline and pick up the Wa`ahila trail at its summit. But I doubt there's a way to ascend to the ridge from Manoa Falls Trail -- and, yes, I've tried.
on January 8,2014 | 07:56AM
Ronin006 wrote:
Hawaii’s EMS charges an arm and a leg for its emergency services. My wife suffered a stroke last year. EMS responded, took her to a hospital and I received a bill for more than $900 for the 45 minutes EMS spent with her. Do this people get a free ride or does the city charge for its helicopter “rescues?” If so, how much?
on January 8,2014 | 09:44AM
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