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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
A hiker survived after sliding down nearly 200 feet from an Oahu trail. Fire crews tackled the tricky rescue in Kaneohe just before 4 p.m. on Tuesday. A man and woman who started hiking the Kamananui Trail in Moanalua Valley ended up in a precarious position. The pair ran into trouble near the Haiku Stairs when the man, in his 20's, fell and slid down the mountain.
"We flew them out using a diaper pick where the rescue men hung underneath the helicopter with the persons and we landed here at Kaneohe District Park," explained Acting Battalion Chief Jeff Sanchez of the Honolulu Fire Department.
The man suffered traumatic, non-life threatening injuries. Medics took him to the Castle Medical Center for treatment.
"The dangerous part of the hike would be along the ridgeline. In other words, going up there and turning north and walking along the ridgeline toward the Haiku Stairs," said Richard McMahon, a member of the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club. "A fall could be deadly."
Experts urge inexperienced hikers to stick to one of the 43 state-sanctioned trails on Oahu.
"Don't hike alone and don't take chances. It's a beautiful place out there and there are lots of trails that are beautiful and safe," said McMahon.
"The message basically for everybody to be safe. Know your limits, don't try and do something you're not capable of doing," said Sanchez.
Authorities urge hikers to carry food, water and a cell phone. They recommend wearing bright clothing. If you're inexperienced, consider joining a hiking group.