Mysterious 911 calls keep rescuers searchingUPDATED 10:42 PM HST Jun 24, 2013Video Transcript
This evening there is also a story about hikers in trouble -- with a HAPPY ending. It involves a group of young hikers and a mysterious 911 call. KITV4's Paul Drewes explains. The 9-1-1 call came this afternoon from the back of Palolo Valley. capt. lum@12:13-12:27 "we got a call for hikers in distress a group of seven they complained that a group of pigs either chasing them or attacking them" Fire rescue crews sprang into action -- some in the air searching for the hikers in danger, while others hit the trail. But very soon, this seemingly straightforward trail rescue took a strange turn. 14:32 "this is an unusual case" A group of seven hikers was spotted, but they said they didn't make the 911 call -- so rescuers kept searching -- trying to reach the hikers in need. 15:22 "the phone they used we couldn't call back on -- so we couldn't get an update or a location" Meanwhile Palolo Valley resident Lia Atiga was getting worried as the fire department helicopter circled overhead -- she knew four of her kids and a pair of grandchildren went hiking -- and only two had come out. 22:25 "those two turn around cause the trail get all shady and muddy , it wasn't looking good" The trip to Kaau crater is usually an annual one for this group of hikers. 23:18 "every year my kids go on hiking trips, diamond head kokohead, manoa and they do this one last" but the rain in the mountains got them off track and then the wild pigs caused additional concern and led to that 911 call ...one that was initially denied by the group. Lia@22:59-23:10 "I want them to realize that if you needed help step up to the plate and say yeah we called 911. Don't be heroes and say we can do it on our own and you can't" because there was concerns this may have been a false 911 call -- Honolulu police met the hikers as they got off the trail. But there were not criminal repercussions from their actions... just a verbal lashing from their mom and grandma. Nat@28:10-28:14 "who, who call 911... kristy...kristy you idiot" The hike to Kaau Crater is a popular one from the back of Palolo Valley -- and residents say they've seen an increase in hikers over the past few years. Even though it supposed to be off-limits to the public. Those familiar with the hike say it can be dangerous when its wet and this time of year there are plenty of wild pigs -- because of all the mountain apples around. Yunji. Kenny.