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Lost hikers airlifted to safety on Big Isle

By Star-Advertier staff

LAST UPDATED: 05:43 a.m. HST, Jan 03, 2014

A couple in the Volcano area on the Big Island got lost while hiking Thursday afternoon and needed to be airlifted by county fire-rescue personnel.

A chopper and ground crew were dispatched after hikers called for help from the trail by Ala Kapena Drive around 3 p.m. Using the GPS coordinated supplied by the couple, rescuers were able to locate and airlift them out of the forest.

No injuries were reported.

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lokela wrote:
Notice a lot of hikers in trouble lately. Wonder if it is costing us. Most of these hikers don't follow the rules of hiking. They always wander off the trail or whatever.
on January 3,2014 | 05:22AM
loquaciousone wrote:
If they were just lost, why didn't someone just point them in the right direction? Why give them a $1000/hour helicopter ride at taxpayer's expense.
on January 3,2014 | 06:16AM
Anonymous wrote:
Two tings: 1 -- bet they were tourists 2 -- if they had GPS why couldn"t they fing their own way out?
on January 3,2014 | 08:12AM
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