Hiker Rescued in Kōke‘e After Apparent Panic Attack
An Indiana man suffered no injuries after being rescued from the Awa‘awapuhi Trail in Kōke‘e on Monday, April 12.
Kaua‘i Fire Department was notified at approximately 5:50 p.m. of a hiker in distress. According to a preliminary report, a hiker stated that the 53-year-old hiker experienced a panic attack, possible dehydration, and was unable to move.
Due to inclement weather, Rescue 3 personnel aboard Air 1 could not locate the hiker on the trail. Instead, Rescue 3 was dropped off by the meadow near the Kōke‘e Lodge. Rescue 3 accompanied Truck 7 personnel and hiked along the trail to locate the hiker.
First responders found the hiker who was alert and assisted him out of the trail. Awaiting medical personnel assessed the hiker, who was later released.
First responders cleared the scene at approximately 9:35 p.m.