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Hiker airlifted from Diamond Head Summit Trail after fainting

A visitor from California had to be airlifted from the Diamond Head Summit Trail this afternoon after fainting on the hike.

The Honolulu Fire Department responded to a 911 call at around 2:18 p.m. today about a “hiker in distress” on the trail. A 50-year-old woman who was with her husband and six others “became dizzy and fainted just after the tunnel section of the trail,” HFD said.

Firefighters walked the trail and made contact with the hiker around 20 minutes later. With assistance, she was able to walk to a helipad near the summit, where HFD’s Air 3 was waiting for her.

She was then transported to a landing zone inside Diamond Head Crater, and she was transferred to the care of the Honolulu Emergency Medical Services at 2:51 p.m.

The other members of her party were able to exit the trail on their own.

While walking up the trail to the reach her, firefighters also assisted a 13-year-old boy who they noticed was having trouble breathing. One of the fighters escorted the boy and his parents to EMS crews at the landing zone, but the boy declined medical attention.

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