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Fire department rescues two hikers

January 3, 2014 - 10:49am

The Hawaii County Fire Department on Thursday rescued two hikers who apparently became lost in a heavily forested area of Volcano.

Responding to the 3:01 p.m. report, fire rescue personnel located the missing hikers’ vehicle at a trail head located at the end of Ala Kapena Drive in Volcano. The hikers, identified as a couple, contacted the fire department via cell phone after becoming unfamiliar with the trail and terrain, according to the department.

Aerial and ground searches subsequently ensued using GPS coordinates provided by the hikers to locate the missing hikers. The missing couple was located by Chopper 1 and a ground crew assisted with extricating them to safety and flying them out of the forest, according to the department.

No injuries were reported and all fire department personnel were back in quarters by 8:10 p.m., according to the department.

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