Male hiker dies from possible heart trouble

WAILUA — A 59-year-old Lawa‘i resident was pronounced dead at Wilcox Hospital Saturday afternoon after being airlifted from atop Nonou Mountain in Wailua.

According to the Kaua‘i‘ Fire Department, the man had been hiking along the Nonou Mountain trail, also known as the Sleeping Giant at about 2 p.m. when he apparently had a massive heart attack or stroke.

Station 2 received a call from dispatch and attempted to make their way to the summit. Rescue 3 and Air 1 responded to the call and flew to the summit of the mountain and upon arrival performed CPR on the victim.

Rescue personnel prepared the victim for transport to the Wailua Houselots park where medics were waiting. After being attended to by the medics, the victim was transported to Wilcox Hospital by ambulance where he was pronounced dead.

The name of the victim is being withheld until the next of kin has been contacted. According to Kaua‘i Police Department there were no signs of foul play. An autopsy has been requested.


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