Lost mountain biker rescued on Mauna Kea
Thursday, a 53-year-old visitor from Europe was riding his bike from Holualoa to Mauna Kea when he got lost.
The Hawaii County Fire Department (HFD) says he was traversing the mountain via the hunter access road at about 8,000 feet elevation when he took a trail off the main dirt road. The cyclist then succumed to cold, rain, dense fog and strong winds.
Summit temperatures at the time were in the mid 30s.
HFD's helicopter on scene was unable to reach the patient due to the elevation. However, the man was located at the 12,000 foot level by a PTA Medivac Blackhawk.
Officials say the man was extricated and transported to the North Hawaii ER for treatment of minor injuries.