Injured hiker gets fire department assist

Two Kaua‘i Fire Department vehicles were dispatched yesterday afternoon to assist an injured hiker on the Hanakapi‘ai trail, according to county spokeswoman Mary Daubert.

The 36-year-old female hiker from Corvallis, Ore., suffered an apparent leg injury, possibly a sprained ankle, about one mile in from the Ha‘ena trailhead.

A group of people that initially helped the injured hiker left her with her husband at that spot, hiked out, and called emergency dispatch from a telephone at the trailhead at roughly 11:40 a.m.

Hanalei’s Engine 1 and Lihu‘e’s Rescue 3 were dispatched to the scene, KFD Battalion Chief Russell Yee told Daubert.

A rescue helicopter operation was unavailable due to wind conditions, so the firefighters walked in to help the woman.

The three rescue specialists arrived at the trailhead at roughly 1:30 p.m., Daubert said, and brought a Stokes litter, a long, wheeled metal basket, to the location of the injured woman, her husband, and the two Hanalei-based firefighters.

They then helped transport her to the trailhead, emerging at roughly 3:30 p.m., Daubert said.

The unidentified woman refused further treatment, opting to not be taken to Wilcox Memorial Hospital, and was released at the scene.

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