Injured hiker airlifted from Sleeping Giant

WAILUA — An injured hiker from Anchorage, Alaska, was airlifted from Nonou Mountain Monday.

 A county spokesperson said the Kaua‘i Fire Department responded to a call just after 11:35 a.m. about the 38-year-old man, who was hiking on “Sleeping Giant” with his wife. The two were on the trail near mile marker 1.5 when he hurt his ankle.

Four fire department members from the Kapa‘a station responded to the call, and three of them hiked up to the injured man. The firefighters provided first aid while awaiting the arrival of Air 1 with Rescue 3 on board.

Shortly after their arrival at the scene, Rescue 3 and Air 1 airlifted the injured hiker to Wailua Houselots Park, where waiting medics transported him to Wilcox Hospital.

“Having a county helicopter has allowed fire personnel to get the proper training they need to conduct rescues by air,” Deputy Fire Chief John Blalock said. “I commend our personnel for their outstanding work, as it takes a lot of training and coordination to accomplish this type of mission.”

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