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Firefighters rescue hiker and dog near Kilauea Volcano

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 3:28 p.m. HST, Jul 11, 2011


Big Island firefighters rescued a 30-year-old man who got lost Sunday while hiking in a rain forest with his dog in Volcano.

The man wandered off the trail, used by hikers and pig hunters, and found himself in a thick forested area in Kahaualea Natural Area Reserve, firefighters said.

He called for help about 10:20 a.m. and firefighters pinpointed his position using his cell phone’s coordinates. 

A fire helicopter lowered a rescue specialist to the man’s location, and the man and his dog were escorted out of the forest in good condition.

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