HFD rescues hikers on Lulumahu Falls Trail, Lanikai Pillbox over Father’s Day weekend

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Honolulu Fire Department rescued two lost hikers on Lulumahu Falls Trail and another on Lanikai Pillbox Trail over Father’s Day weekend.

The fire department was notified of the Lulumahu Falls Trail hikers at approximately 8:15 p.m. on Saturday.

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The rescue team hiked up the trail and located the hikers, a man and a woman.

The couple was not found to be injured, but did report being lost. They hiked down with the guidance of HFD.

On Sunday, a 9-1-1 call for a hiker in distress came in at about 10:16 a.m. According to the caller, she and a 40-year-old man had been hiking for about an hour when the man injured his ankle.

HFD made contact with the injured hikers at around 10:35 a.m. and rescuers splinted the man’s right ank;e before placing him onto a stretcher and carrying him to an extraction point where he could be airlifted to a landing zone.

The woman who accompanied him on the hike was not injured and walked down the trail on her own.

HFD says the man was transferred over to Emergency Medical Services for further care.

HFD provided the following hiking safety tips:

  • In case of an emergency your cell phone can be a lifesaver. Ensure that your battery is full prior to your hike. If you lose cell phone connection, get to higher ground to improve your reception.
  • Start early. Your rescue probabilities are way better during daylight hours than at night. Getting a late start increases the possibility of getting caught in the dark.
  • Know your turnaround time and stick to it to allow enough time to return. Call or text 911 as soon as you need help. If you think you are lost, you probably are.
  • The best thing to do is call 9-1-1 as soon as you think you are in trouble.

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