7 hikers rescued from Aiea Loop Trail

Published On: Aug 11 2014 07:08:49 AM HST   Updated On: Aug 11 2014 09:39:16 PM HST
AIEA, Hawaii -

Rescue efforts were underway Monday morning to rescue seven hikers stranded overnight on the Aiea Loop Trail.

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The hikers called the fire department for help at around 7 p.m. Sunday.  A total of five fire companies responded to the call Sunday night.  But, rescue efforts were held off until daybreak on Monday.

At around 6:30 a.m. Monday, a fire department helicopter was seen heading toward the hikers.

Fire officials say the hikers started at Moanalua Valley and made their way to the summit to get to the Aiea Loop Trail.  The hikers went off the trail and became disoriented as it became dark on Sunday and were unable to find their way back.

From an aerial search, fire crews located the hikers on a ridge in a remote place overlooking the H-3 Freeway.

Fire officials say it was too dark and cloudy to continue the rescue efforts on Sunday.  The hikers have a cell phone and the GPS coordinates of their location have been saved.

The hikers will be rescued individually from the ridge using a sling from the helicopter.

The hikers may have been with another group of three hikers who were able to walk out Sunday night.

There have been no reports of injuries.


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