A 53-year-old man from Europe taken to the hospital after being rescued on the slopes of Maunakea on Thursday afternoon (October 10th).
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with U.S. Army Fire Department at Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) responded to a report of a lost hiker (biker) on the Northeast slope of Maunakea Thursday afternoon (October 11th).
The initial call came in at 12:17 pm Thursday afternoon and HFD crews from the Waiakea Fire Station along with Battalion 1, Chopper 1, and PTA Fire Company 50 responded to the scene on the Northeast slopes of Maunakea.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, they received a report from a biker, a 53-year-old male from Europe, who had ridden his bike from Holualoa to Maunakea on a hunter access road on the Northeast slope. After traversing the hunter access road, he then took a trail off the main dirt road and eventually succumbed to the wet and cold weather with dense fog and strong winds. At the time of the incident, temperatures at the summit were in the mid-'30s.
Once HFD and PTA crews arrived on scene, they immediately began a search of the area by air and land. A U.S. Army Medivac Blackhawk Helicopter from PTA assisted in the search and later located the male at approximately the 12,000-foot elevation on the Northeast slope of Maunakea . HFD Chopper 1 was unable to access the scene due to elevation. The male patient was extricated from the area and transported to North Hawaii Community Hospital in Fair condition with minor injuries.