Honolulu fire rescue crews plucked two women off the Diamond Head Trail yesterday after both suffered heat exhaustion while hiking.
2 Diamond Head hikers
airlifted after suffering
By Rod Antone
The call came in at 10:40 a.m. and involved a 15-year-old Iowa girl and a 71-year-old woman from Pearl City.
A fire rescue helicopter from the Pawaa station airlifted both of them off the trail. Others on the trail said the Pearl City woman collapsed first, then the teenager.
While rescuers said it is common to have heat exhaustion cases on the Diamond Head Trail, it is rare to have to rescue more than one person at a time.
Firefighters said the problem is that many people do not realize that Diamond Head is a steep trail, and said hikers should bring water and wear proper shoes and clothing.