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Caller guides fire rescue crews to missing hiker on Mariner's Ridge

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:12 p.m. HST, Jul 09, 2013

A 29-year-old hiker, who was reported missing Monday, was airlifted from the Mariner’s Ridge Trail in Hawaii Kai this morning.

Capt. Terry Seelig, Honolulu Fire Department spokesman, said Sean Lesley was in good condition after he was taken from the ridge to a landing zone in Kamiloiki Park just before 7:30 a.m. to be evaluated by paramedics.

Lesley contacted his family at 5 a.m. Monday saying he was going hiking in the Mariner's Ridge area, police said.

Seelig said an early-morning hiker called HFD saying he heard yelling in the valley. Later, the caller told fire officials that Lesley had climbed up the ridge to the place where he was eventually located.

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MKN wrote:
How do you get lost on Mariner's Ridge? It's not a complicated hike and the trail is well defined.
on July 9,2013 | 08:24AM
Fred01 wrote:
This guy had no business hiking, or even leaving his bedroom, if he got lost on Mariners Ridge.
on July 9,2013 | 10:57AM
Poidogs wrote:
on July 9,2013 | 10:57AM
kiragirl wrote:
Just go downhill so how can anyone get lost?
on July 9,2013 | 08:32AM
Fred01 wrote:
You are clueless.
on July 9,2013 | 10:57AM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
Never gone hiking, obv.
on July 9,2013 | 11:19AM
IAmSane wrote:
Do you understand what a ridge is?
on July 9,2013 | 12:08PM
noheawilli wrote:
Seriously, and why do our tax dollars get spent for these so called "rescues"? We should have a volunteer group that is on call to go up these trails and walk or then call the FD if needed, and yes I would be part of this group having done every trail I could find.
on July 9,2013 | 08:39AM
Fred01 wrote:
Dumb comment about tax dollars. But great idea about a volunteer rescue group! I'm in!
on July 9,2013 | 11:00AM
JenniferD wrote:
Great idea. I'm in for a volunteer group, too.
on July 9,2013 | 02:23PM
PinkSushi wrote:
You pay firefighters the same regardless if they are in the station playing ping-pong or out rescuing people. Chalk it off to a good real-life trainingn situation.
on July 10,2013 | 03:16AM
allie wrote:
endless problems
on July 9,2013 | 08:49AM
echo808 wrote:
When are we going to start charging these people for rescues that resulted from people who knowing put themselves in harm's way?
on July 9,2013 | 09:13AM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
Because this is a public service. The FD rescuers are on-duty anyway, aren't they? It's not like they're paying overtime...this is shift work for those guys.

What's your stance on swimmers saved by lifeguards? Do we charge them, too, because that's that course of action it sounds like you're proposing.

on July 9,2013 | 10:16AM
bluespop wrote:
When you factor in the cost of the rescue chopper and crew, it's thousands of extra dollars. Totally agree with echo808.
on July 9,2013 | 10:57AM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
But that's their job. It's not like they're getting paid one amount to sit on the tarmac, and then get paid extra when they go airborne. They're getting paid whether they're flying or not.

I concede that there is a fuel charge to fly the chopper, but how is that different from the gas used by a fire truck responding to a call?

on July 9,2013 | 11:17AM
CriticalReader wrote:
There should be a hiking permit system. Kamaaina price and non-Kamaaina price. Good for one year. All revenues from the system should go into a rescue fund. If you need rescuing and have a permit, no charge. If you need rescuing and no more permit, pay costs of rescue.
on July 9,2013 | 12:01PM
SteveToo wrote:
How about one for swimming, diving and surfing? You have no idea what you are talking about.
on July 9,2013 | 03:41PM
control wrote:
No, the fire dept job is to put out fires. There are far too many careless and reckless weekend warriors who over estimate their skills and experience. With each call, the fire guys and gals put their lives on the line for this kind of st*pid, irresponsible behavior. Just a few years ago, three people were killed when the helicopter crashed into the mountainside with two people hanging below in the basket. They wanted to make one last attempt before calling it a night. They never did locate the lost bozo.
on July 9,2013 | 07:20PM
echo808 wrote:
Because there is a law already in place that allows them to be charged.
on July 9,2013 | 11:57AM
kapahulu wrote:
why is he not wearing any shoes?
on July 9,2013 | 10:05AM
grantos wrote:
because he took them off?
on July 9,2013 | 11:24AM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
Why anyone hikes solo is beyond me. At least he had the smarts to let his family know where he was going...better to pay for a rescue than a funeral.
on July 9,2013 | 10:12AM
allie wrote:
on July 9,2013 | 11:26AM
Poidogs wrote:
I hike solo sometimes, but I know every tree, mushroom, and bird before I make a decision to do something like that.
on July 9,2013 | 12:26PM
CriticalReader wrote:
This poor guy, Sean Lesley. The paper makes him look like such a stupid ignoramus.. These pictures of him look so idiotic. They show him powerless and helpless being lifted from the clutches of the immense fear and loneliness he must have suffered being unable to rescue himself. He's pictured holding on for dear life to the brave firemen to lift him to safety like a helpless rag doll. And when they got him on the ground, he needed two of them to hold him up. Sad that people have to go through that utter humiliation.
on July 9,2013 | 12:00PM
TLehel wrote:
Is this guy forreal? This past weekend I took the Kuliouou Valley trail and followed the stream to the point where I had to take a detour to get past a waterfall. There was absolutely no clear trail and I stopped when I realized I was reaching a dangerous point on my journey. I didn't take the same path back because I made no noticeable backtracking path. You could say I got a little "lost", but I was in the pure wilderness. This guy getting lost at Mariner's Ridge. Even if you didn't take the main trail you could find your way back to civilization. I mean really especially in town. Walk a bit and you'd start hearing the cars.. . .
on July 9,2013 | 01:47PM
SteveToo wrote:
The guy went off the main trail into a valley and got to a cliff he couldn't get down. But becuse of a late start he got stuck where he was due to sun going down. Yea was still his fault but he really wasn't LOST, just "STUCK".
on July 9,2013 | 03:44PM
wobegone wrote:
We live in paradice and should let all others enjoy this paradice. The emergency response groups would not have a job if they didnt go out and "rescue" everyone from an overnite stay in paradice. How about starting a website and offer all out visitors how to get a free helocopter ride in paradice--get lost on trail and Rescue Helocapter will gave you a free ride out. A memorable event for the Hawaii visit.
on July 9,2013 | 06:14PM
control wrote:
it's not free, its my tax dollars. I would prefer it be spent on real emergencies, not on the dumb and reckless.
on July 9,2013 | 07:23PM
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