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Woman airlifted from Kalalau Trail

A 49-year-old woman was airlifted from the Kalalau Trail Saturday afternoon after she injured her ankle hiking, Kauai Fire Department said.

The woman, a visitor from Smith Falls, Ontario, was hiking near mile marker six around 12:44 p.m. when she fell.

Rescue crews airlifted her out of the trail and took her to Princeville Airport.

The woman opted to not wait for medics who were en route from Wilcox Hospital and instead took a taxi, fire officials said.

Firefighters assisted the woman from Air 1 to the taxi.

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    • Of course not. That would be mean. Yes, we should charge all these tourists that are hiking fools. A lot of these trails in Hawaii can be dangerous. We need to form a State trail rescue department.

    • well she certainly should! we taxpayers are sick and tired of paying for hikers rescues. and we do it even when it is a closed or forbidden place. we need to put up signs “hike at your own risk and/or pay your own rescue costs.” but we just keep enabling this irresponsible behavior.

  • I injured myself on the Appalachian Trail in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. No helicopter came to save me. I just hobbled back to civilization.

  • Kalalau is a state property opened to the public, and thus responsible for mishaps such as this. But why complain for spending a few dollars for a rescue when the state of Hawaii spends tens of millions of your dollars each year to support those who refuse to work or abuse the services of the social services department. Many of your dollars go for excessive welfare, subsidy on housing, child credit, food stamps, earned income credit, free medical. The list goes on and on, and the government encourages people to take these benefits with the notion that we are a compassionate people.

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