Hiker plunges 100 feet from trail before rescue helicopter rushes in, officials say

A hiker fell 100 feet from the Koolau Summit Trail on Oahu, requiring rescue by helicopter, Hawaii firefighters say.

The man had been hiking with a group on the trail near Kaneohe for about two-and-a-half hours when he fell from the ridge, the Honolulu Fire Department said in a news release.

Other hikers reported the fall to 911 at 9:06 a.m. Sunday, March 26, firefighters said.

A rescue helicopter ferried in rescuers, who hiked to the injured man and prepared him to be airlifted to safety, the release said. After landing at a staging area, he was treated by emergency medical services.

Firefighters did not detail the extent of his injuries.

Kaneohe is a community of 38,000 people on Oahu in Hawaii.

How to be prepared while hiking

If you’re planning to hike, the National Park Service says there are 10 essentials you should take:

  • Navigation: Pack a map, compass and a GPS system. Make sure you study your route beforehand and understand how to use the tools.

  • Sun protection: Sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat can help protect your skin and eyes from UV rays.

  • Insulation: A jacket, hat, gloves, raincoat and thermal underwear can help you be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions.

  • Illumination: A flashlight, lantern and headlamp can create light if you get stuck in the dark — and pack extra batteries.

  • First-aid supplies: It’s a good idea to have a first-aid kit on hand while hiking. Check the expiration date on items before you pack them.

  • Fire: Matches and a lighter can help start fire to act as an emergency signal in times of need.

  • Repair kit and tools: Duct tape, a knife, screwdriver and scissors can be helpful if items break during your hike or you need assistance.

  • Nutrition: You should pack an extra day’s worth of food in case something goes wrong. Park officials recommend having “salty and easy to digest snacks.”

  • Hydration: You should drink water often and before you feel thirsty if you’re hiking in hot weather. Keeping your body hydrated is “of utmost importance,” park officials said.

  • Emergency shelter: Packing a tent, space blanket, tarp and bivy can help you be prepared if severe weather breaks out or your plan takes a turn.

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