Who saves in Hawaii? The answer will surprise you

Another aerial rescue of a visitor to Hawaii occurred Sunday afternoon when a 23-year-old woman from Arizona was pulled off the road to Hana’s red sand Kaihalulu Beach (pictured above). She was reportedly hit in the foot and leg from the fall.

This is also an area known to have a Maui trespassing problem, and we are not sure if the visitor is on private or public land. Last fall, a 69-year-old Florida resident fell off the boardwalk when hiking to a beach area by trespassing on marked private property. Other Maui rescue problem areas include Twins Falls and Bamboo Forest Waterfall along Hana Highway.

The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) says just over half of all rescues are from visitors.

While this is true, it also means that nearly 50 percent of the local population. As the speaker said:

“This is our business. We respond, identify and transport to safety everyone who may be missing or injured. Regardless of whether you are a resident or visitor, the HFD urges the public to exercise common sense before venturing outdoors to avoid endangering themselves or others and possibly becoming Another rescue statistic.

The HFD recently reported that 55% of rescues are visitor-related, and the most common age of those injured is under 40. click On the HFD rescue stats for more details from last year.

Problems are compounded when trespassing, like this one.

Who should pay for a rescue when they venture beyond warning signs or a closed gate and get hurt? Many in Hawaii believe that it is time to take responsibility on the shoulders of the injured person. The Hawaii State Legislature has been trying to address this problem for the past few years. Six other states already charge fees for search and rescue operations resulting from negligence. Other states, such as Colorado and Utah, offer nominal cost saving insurance in lieu of reimbursement.

This question popped up in the treacherous Queens bathroom on Kauai a few months ago. Next, Kauai firefighters had to airlift a visitor from Florida after a fall-related injury. The site is closed to all visits.

In another incident earlier this year on the Big Island, a visitor climbed over a fence, fell and was found dangling at a height of 400. A Hawaiian resident, Aldwin Francis, braved danger and saved the man from falling off a cliff. Francis then said that he “didn’t even receive a thank you for his life-saving effort. To me, it’s good that he’s alive. That’s all I care about.”

The list is endless: visitors to Wailua Falls trespassing rescue.

You’ll remember that not long ago, a man was saved when he was hiking in Wailua Falls. The 67-year-old visitor from California skidded and then fell 25 degrees off the track. He was taken to hospital after being treated at the scene for multiple head injuries. Wailua Falls is one of Kauai’s most spectacular waterfalls. It features drop 173. While a great view is available with parking at the top, going any further involves trespassing which is very dangerous.

Don’t become a saving statistic!

1. The Honolulu Fire Department recommends:

  • Get a cell phone with a full battery.
  • Pack enough water and stay hydrated.
  • Keep track of time to avoid strolling at night
  • Don’t rely on social media to plan trips.

2. We will add some of our own suggestions:

  • Don’t dive or hike alone! If you’re not an expert, stay close to the beach or in an area where you can still park in the ocean.
  • Observe the warning signs on beaches and trails. Ask the lifeguards on the beach if you’re not sure.
  • Wear hiking shoes on the trails.
  • Understand your physical condition and take long walks on trails appropriate for your level.
  • Look for trails before hiking. Sites like AllTrails can give you information about what to expect.

We want you to have an injury-free vacation so you can come back and enjoy more of our beautiful islands.

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