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Lost bird watcher rescued in Kaumana

By Star-Advertiser Staff


Hawaii island and federal firefighters rescued a lost bird watcher early Saturday morning in Kaumana, the Hawaii island fire department said.

The man, 65, who was visiting the island, entered the forest near the 22-mile marker on Saddle Road to go bird watching about 6:30 a.m. Friday. He hiked until 10:30 a.m. and got lost.

Eleven county firefighters and two federal firefighters from Pohakuloa Training Area responded just after 8 p.m. Federal firefighters found the man deep in the Ohia forest about 1:30 a.m. Saturday and escorted him out. 

He was in good condition.

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cojef wrote:
Malihini boy of mine lost in the jungle. Once you lose sight or sense of direction, it is easy to get lost. Mauka and makai means nothing in the jungle environment. One must carry a compass, look for the trail markers and, have a map of the area.
on February 22,2014 | 02:02PM
SteveToo wrote:
Stu-pid man. a GPS will bring you right back to your car. No excuse...
on February 22,2014 | 04:49PM
shylock wrote:
All these mainland haole hikers that drain our tax dollars for rescue services should be charged. Every week some attention-whore cries for help and taps our resources.
on February 22,2014 | 05:21PM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
22-mile marker? That's pretty high up there. And he sure waited until a most inopportune time to call for help (DARK). That only put more rescue personnel at risk. He should have just stay put at that hour and waited until daybreak to make things easier and safer for all involved. Whatever happened to common sense?
on February 23,2014 | 09:04AM
HanabataDays wrote:
Yeah I recall it wasn't too many years back that a Big Isle firefighter fell 20 feet into a lava tube while going to help somebody in the Captain's Trail area. Fortunately, he was extracted alive and not in terrible shape considering the height of his fall. You know, I understand why hikers go where it's dangerous or kapu. But if you shouldn't be there in the first place, no bother holler for help. You got in, you get out. Tough love, heh heh.
on February 23,2014 | 09:40AM
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