HONOLULU (KITV4) - The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) responded to a 911 call about two lost hikers at the Sunset Pillbox Trail on Wednesday, November 10.
The call came in at around 6:11 PM four HFD units, staffed with 12 personnel, responded to this emergency.
The first unite arrived on the scene at 6:40 PM, and established command and inserted two firefighters at the trailhead, and made their way up on foot.
The two hikers, one 23 year old female and the other a 25-year-old male, both had been hiking on the trail for about an hour and a half when they realized that they were lost.
After being unable to find their way out, they decided to call 911 for assistance.
A landing zone was established at Sunset Elementary School for Air 1. Rescue personnel loaded into Air 1 and made their way to the hiker's location.
They made contact with the hiker at 6:31 PM and determined that the hikers were not injured and were safely walked out by HFD Rescue personnel.
The HFD reminds the public to hike safely and provides the following hiking safety tips:
Bring Your Cell Phone:
In case of an emergency, your cell phone can be a lifesaver. Ensure that your battery
is full prior to your hike. It is recommended to pack an external backup battery.
Get Information About The Trail:
Prior to hiking, learn about the trail you intend to hike so you will know the route, where
to start, and the degree of difficulty. When you get to the trail’s entrance, read and
follow signage. Be aware of restricted or closed trails. Do not just rely on social media to
get the information you need about a trail.
Staying in one place makes you easier to find and reduces the chances of getting into
further trouble, especially after dark. This is why it is important to notify someone of your
hike location and destination.