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GPS cellphone helps firefighters find lost hiker

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 07:55 a.m. HST, Feb 28, 2014

Hawaii County firefighters rescued a lost hiker with the help of the Fire Department helicopter and the man's GPS-enabled cell phone.

The 20-year-old man called for help after getting lost in the Piha Forest Reserve near Lapahoehoe at about 11:25 a.m. Thursday.

Firefighters were able to use the man's GPS on his cell phone to find his location.

The Fire Department helicopter spotted the man from the air and a ground crew hiked in about a mile and guided him out on foot

Firefighters said the man was in good condition and did not need medical attention..

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kiragirl wrote:
Too many of these lost hikers incidences which is costly. Sounds like this incident did not require the help of firefighters. How can anyone get lost hiking in Hawaii is beyond me. Trek one direction downhill and eventually civilization.
on February 28,2014 | 07:18AM
HanabataDays wrote:
"Follow the stream out" works pretty well too -- until the stream goes over a waterfall.
on February 28,2014 | 08:15AM
primowarrior wrote:
Yeah, this hiker should have prepared better, especially since he decided to go hiking alone. If he was in an area with up and down terrain and surrounded by trees with no view, perhaps he got frustrated or panicked. He had GPS, which means he probably had a smartphone, and access to Maps satellite view or other such apps, and hopefully will learn to use them before he goes out again.
on February 28,2014 | 08:21AM
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