Stranded Sacred Falls hiker rescued

Published On: Mar 19 2014 07:54:31 PM HST   Updated On: Mar 19 2014 08:01:04 PM HST
HAUULA, Hawaii -

20-year-old Cade McArthur went on a spring break hike at Sacred Falls in Hau'ula with his buddies Tuesday. What McArthur did not expect was to be stranded overnight and end up strapped down and air lifted out of the trail Wednesday morning.

The chopper assist became necessary when four friends hiked into the off-limits trail Tuesday afternoon and only three could hike back out.

Hiker Kleo Martin says McArthur went bush whacking and got separated from the group.

"When I came back down we were sitting at the falls for like 20 minutes. I came down looking for him and screaming, everything. Couldn't find him; then waiting at the car for two hours," said Martin.

More hours passed. By 1 a.m., there was still no sign of McArthur.

"When it was night time we couldn't see him at all. All we could hear was yelling. We looked around, couldn't find him," Martin added.

The hikers called for help and it triggered an overnight search and rescue effort. Two ground crews went in and so did Martin.

At first light rescue crew members spotted McArthur stuck on a ridge.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources says in just the past 1.5 months it has issued 25 citations for people trespassing onto the hike that is clearly bolted and closed.

Martin joined that list.

"The hiker says he saw this park closed sign, but his group of friends still hopped over the fence," said fire captain Alex Silva of the Honolulu Fire Department. "It does take resources away, but its part of our job. So unfortunately, people disregard the signs that are there, but we have a job to do so we do it."

The hike was closed in 1999 after a landslide killed eight people and injured dozens. Luckily, McArthur made it out safely.

"It was good. Good to see him back again," said Dillon McArthur, Cade's brother. "[He] looks pretty good; just real cold and thirsty."

McArthur was taken to the area hospital. He was also fined.

The first offense fine for trespassing is a minimum of $500, but the fine can go up to $2,500 and a year in jail.


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