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Firefighters rescue lost hiker in Manoa

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 09:06 a.m. HST, Apr 16, 2013

The Honolulu Fire Department had to use its helicopter to spot a hiker who got lost Saturday night after he left the marked trail above Manoa Falls.

Capt. Terry Seelig, Honolulu Fire Department spokesman, said the man wandered off the trail above Manoa Falls after 8:37 p.m. and contacted the fire department.

The fire helicopter spotted the hiker’s flashing light, but weather conditions and power lines hindered rescue operations. Using the light as a guide, the helicopter’s crew directed the rescuers to the hiker’s location. The hiker was escorted to safety by 11 p.m. and did not need medical attention.

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livinginhawaii wrote:
Hiking in unfamiliar territory and not being prepared is both reckless and irresponsible. This individual needs to pay for the cost of the rescue and named.
on April 16,2013 | 10:07AM
miss_laulau wrote:
I agree. When will people realize that wandering off a trail is so unwise. You can become so easily disoriented in a forest. If you're going to wander, at least leave markers.
on April 16,2013 | 10:35AM
sailfish1 wrote:
Why are there so many people needing help after going hiking in Hawaii? This kind of thing is costing us a lot of money. We should put up signs telling people if they cannot follow the rules and stay on the trail or do not stay with their group they better have a credit card to pay for their rescue.
on April 16,2013 | 12:09PM
pueouhane wrote:
Don't know all the details to this incident but hiking starts with attitude - being prepare, having the proper gear, being physically fit, and again, ATTITUDE, know you limits. I have hunker down and waited it out till sunrise a few times, easy and safe. As a retired HFD member, second generation, let say this to the Star Advertiser and hiking public. In the early 60's, a HFD rescue man lost his life searching for a lost hiker, who was a very inexperienced and hard-headed middle-aged man. Found late at night down a precarious cliff, he was told to stay put till daylight. He clamber down and left without notifying the HFD or HPD. He went home, showered, and had a warm meal. Meanwhile, the HFD could not get a response from the lost hiker, they initiated a rappelling rescue operation, fearing the lost hiker had fallen/injured himself. No one knows what happened but the rescue-man fell to his death about two hours into the search. When the lost hiker was found at home and told what had happen, he was neither apologetic or remorseful. As of today, the HFD has lost about three other rescue-men in training and one in a rescue operation over the past 60 years. Be safe, be akamai, and be pono, life is precious to some.
on April 16,2013 | 02:30PM
ThinkOutLoud wrote:
People rescued on the taxpayers' dollars should have their names printed in these news articles. If they want to remain anonymous then the hiker should pay the cost of the rescue. Stay on the trails!
on April 16,2013 | 04:31PM
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