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Injured hikers keep Honolulu firefighters busy

By Star- Advertiser staff


Honolulu firefighters rescued hikers from three popular trails on Oahu in separate incidents Sunday morning.

A 31-year-old woman fell at the beginning of the Waimano Trail and injured her hip at about 7:45 a.m. She had only been on the trail for about seven minutes and firefighters were able to walk in and take her out on C-spine board, said Fire Department spokesman Kevin Mokulehua.

There was no immediate word on her condition.

At 8:11 a.m., firefighters responded to a medical emergency at the top of Diamond Head. The Fire Department helicopter airlifted rescue personnel to the top of the mountain. 

The helicopter took a man to a landing zone, where an ambulance was waiting.

No other information on the man or his condition was immediately available.

A few minutes later, at 8:19 a.m., firefighters responded after an 18-year-old woman started feeling sick about three-quarters of the way to the top of the Koko Head trail.

A nurse, who happened to be hiking on the trail, tended to the woman until firefighters arrived, Mokulehua said.

Because the helicopter was involved in the Diamond Head rescue, firefighters hiked up the trail and reached the woman at about 8:43 a.m.

The woman started feeling better, but the Fire Department helicopter, which had finished the Diamond Head rescue, was used to take the woman down from the trail to a waiting ambulance at 9:02 a.m., Mokulehua said.

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Kuokoa wrote:
We need to begin charging these hikers for their rescue . Most of them should not be out there to begin with, much less on the dangerous trails.
on July 13,2014 | 11:43AM
Um. Diamond Head and Koko Head are not dangerous trails.
on July 13,2014 | 02:45PM
kiragirl wrote:
Point is, 'man gotta know their limitations', Harry Callahan.
on July 13,2014 | 08:47PM
cojef wrote:
Haven't seen reruns of "Dirty Harry" recently?????
on July 14,2014 | 08:09AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Waimano is not that difficult a trail either.
on July 14,2014 | 09:57AM
HanabataDays wrote:
Same for car accidents, to which there are many more rescue calls. Determine liability right there on-scene, send the ambulance bills to the babooze wen' cause um.
on July 14,2014 | 12:35AM
2NDC wrote:
Time to establish a mandatory "Hiker Education" program.
on July 14,2014 | 02:13AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Please no - The Haunama bay requirement for locals is absolutely ridiculous. We do the night dives every two years and have been forced to watch the same film over and over again. Charging reckless and irresponsible hikers is the way to go. Its really easy to distinguish between a reckless act and a true emergency...
on July 14,2014 | 07:21AM
irakaniho wrote:
Last year my wife tripped on a tree root on a lower California Avenue asphalt sidewalk. The impact left her unconscious until a passerby called an ambulance via 911 to carry her to Wahiawa Emergency about a mile away.. The City billed me $882.00 for this service. I hope the City would do the same for these hikers.
on July 14,2014 | 03:51PM
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