Dehydrated Girl Rescued in Heat at Hawaii Volcanos National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (HI)
Shorthaul Rescue of Dehydrated Hiker

The park received a cell phone call via 911 reporting an unconscious girl on the switchbacks on the backcountry Kaaha trail below the Hilina Pali Road around 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 7th. Rangers and Hawaii County FD paramedics responded. The 12-year-old girl was a member of a school group that had walked down a difficult trail during the heat of the day. Many in the group were out of water and had difficulty getting back up the hill. The girl was conscious but very weak when rangers arrived. One of the paramedics started an IV and rangers shorthauled her to a waiting ambulance. She was taken to Hilo Medical Center for treatment. [Submitted by Paul M. Ducasse, Chief Ranger]

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