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Hiker airlifted from Sleeping Giant trail on Friday

WAILUA — First responders were dispatched to help an injured hiker Friday morning along the Nounou-East Trail, also known as Sleeping Giant, in Wailua.

Personnel were notified around 9:20 a.m. of a 23-year-old woman who reportedly fell and injured her leg while hiking the trail.

Once on scene, Kaua‘i Fire Department Kapa‘a firefighters hiked to the woman’s location, approximately 1.5 miles from the trailhead, to assess her injuries. Due to muddy conditions and the extent of her injuries, Lihu‘e rescue specialists aboard the county’s emergency helicopter were dispatched for further assistance.

Upon arrival, rescuers loaded the woman into a Stokes litter and carried her roughly 100 yards down the trail to a clearing where she was short-hauled by helicopter to a landing zone at Wailua Houselots Park.

Awaiting Kapa‘a firefighters and American Medical Response medics provided additional support, and the woman was transported to Wilcox Medical Center for further treatment.

Her condition was not known at presstime.
Source: The Garden Island

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