Hiker injured following a slip and fall at Boiling Pots in Pi'ihonua, South Hilo late Monday morning (June 21st).
Published By: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Hilo) Team
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) and Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) responded to a report of a medical emergency at Boiling Pots in Pi'ihonua, South Hilo late Monday morning (June 21st).
The initial call came in at 11:36 am Monday morning and HFD Crews from the Ka'ūmana, Central, and Waiākea Fire Stations along with Battalion 1, HPD Officers from the South Hilo Patrol, and DLNR - DOCARE Officers responded to the scene located along the river banks of Wailuku River near Boiling Pots in Pi'ihonua.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, a report came from bystanders reporting a hiker (described as a male in his 20s) had slipped and fallen on a rocky river bank of the Wailuku River near Boiling Pots in Pi'ihonua. The hiker was unable to get out on his own and required the assistance of emergency crews for extrication from the area.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD Chopper 1 inserted three (3) Fire Rescue Specialists on the river bank. They placed the injured hiker on a spineboard as a precaution, then into the litter for extraction. Chopper 1 with the use of longline and litter safely extracted the injured hiker and transferred him to the EMS personnel staged at the landing zone in the parking lot of Boiling Pots.
The patient was treated and transported by an HFD Medic to Hilo Medical Center ER in serious - stable condition.
HFD would like to remind visitors and residents of the access and hazard warning signs along the Wailuku River.