KOKEE — Firefighters rescued a stranded hiker from Kokee on Saturday morning.
On Friday, about 9:30 p.m., dispatch received a call from a hiker from Washington who became stranded on Haele‘ele Ridge in Kokee and ran out of water. Hiker was advised to remain in place and call dispatch in the morning, so firefighters could form a plan of rescue.
Hiker called dispatch about 6:40 a.m. on Saturday and firefighters from Waimea Fire Station were en route to Kokee shortly after 7:20 a.m.
About 8:50 a.m., firefighters assessed that the road to get to the hiker was inaccessible due to the deep potholes and slick conditions. Air 1 was then deployed.
About 9:30 a.m., four personnel aboard Air 1 located the stranded hiker and transported him to medics at the end of Kaumuali‘i Highway in Mana.
The hiker refused medical treatment, and was given water by medics.