HONOLULU (KHON2) – Honolulu firefighters rescued three hikers from the Waimano Ridge Trail on Monday after two apparently got lost in the area and struggled to find a way out. The third hiker, who went looking for them, also got lost after finding the couple.
The 9-1-1 call arrived around 7:22 p.m. on June 7. Five HFD units consisting of 16 people answered the call.
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HFD says the first two hikers were identified as an 18-year-old female and a 19-year-old male. The third hiker was identified as an adult male who was a family member.
A GPS tracker from one of the hikers’ cell phones placed the group about a mile from the trailhead.
HFD rescue specialists entered the runway on foot and air support was used to aid the search efforts. After locating the three hikers and determining that there were no injuries, the hikers were driven back to the trailhead at 9:05 pm.
The Honolulu Fire Department reminds the public to hike safely. In an emergency, cell phones can be a lifeline and hikers should make sure their battery is full before any trek. Plus, a late start increases the possibility of getting lost in the dark. Hikers are encouraged to know their turnaround time and stick to it.