The Honolulu Fire Department today airlifted an injured 28-year-old man who was hiking the Waimano Trail in Pearl City.
HFD got the 911 call at 1:39 p.m. and responded with five units staffed with 16 personnel. The first unit arrived at 1:54 p.m. A landing zone was secured at an open field at Pearl City High School.
Firefighters, using GPS from the injured man’s friend’s cellphone to locate him, hiked for about a mile along the trail to a spot near the Waimano Pool.
Meanwhile Air 1 conducted an aerial assessment.
The hiker injured his ankle and could not walk.
Firefighters airlifted him to the landing zone. They transferred his care to Emergency Medical Services at 2:41 p.m.
EMS personnel treated the hiker, who had injured his left ankle after sliding down a hill on his buttocks, and transported him to a hospital in stable condition.
Firefighters escorted the injured man’s hiking companion off the trail.