First responders rescued a 35-year-old female on Kauai’s Sleeping Giant Trail on Tuesday, June 29th, 2021, reports the County of Kauai.
According to a preliminary report, first responders received a call from the Kauai Police Department Dispatch at approximately 10:20 AM of a 35-year-old hiker who slipped and fell 30 feet off the Sleeping Giant Trail in Wailua.
Crews with the Kapaa fire station, Engine 2, Truck 2, Rescue 3, Air 1, and the on-duty Battalion Chief responded to the incident.
At 10:30 AM, firefighters arrived on scene and made contact with the hiker’s father via cellphone. About one mile into the trail, two firefighters from Truck 2 located the hiker with her father and brother. The hiker displayed signs of a concussion after slipping and falling off the trail onto a ledge. At 11:20 AM, Rescue 3 aboard Air 1 retrieved the hiker off the ledge. The woman was transported to a landing zone in Wailua House lots, treated by personnel with the American Medical Response and later transported to a local hospital.
Due to its proximity to Kauai’s main population area, and the sweeping views from the top, Kauai’s Sleeping Giant Trail is one of the most popular on the island. Though the lower sections of the trail are relatively flat, the trail becomes more problematic on the ascent. There are big boulders to cross and precipitous ledges to watch out for on the way to the top. Extreme caution should be utilized on this trail, especially at the higher elevations.
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