Oahu man airlifted from Kauai trail

HANAKÂPÎ'AI, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Waipahu man who injured his ankle while hiking near Hanakâpî'ai Falls Wednesday, and the Kauai Fire Captain who rescued him, were airlifted from Hanakâpî'ai early Thursday morning after spending the night in the valley.

The 33-year-old man was hiking with friends when he reportedly broke his right ankle. The man called for assistance at about 6:19 p.m. Wednesday.

Rescue personnel aboard the fire helicopter had to drop the rescue specialist into the valley before nightfall forced the helicopter to return to Lîhu'e Airport.

The rescuer hiked into the area to locate the victim and stayed with him overnight until a fire helicopter was able to airlift both men at daybreak Wednesday morning.

The hiker was flown to Princeville Airport where paramedics took him to Wilcox Hospital. The fire captain and hiker were in good condition.

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