Firefighters Fly To The Rescue, Airlift Dog Who Fell From Trail In Hawaii

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Firefighters in Hawaii made a noble rescue after a hiker’s dog fell from the side of the Waimano Trail in Pearl City, Honolulu, in early March.

According to Star Advertiser, the hiker called 9-1-1 after they lost their dog in the rugged terrain during the late morning. The owner estimated that their pet had fallen about 20 feet and landed on “a steep mountain slope.” Within 14 minutes, the Honolulu Fire Department responded with six units and 17 first responders.

A helicopter immediately secured a landing zone near a local high school and then flew over the area to help look for the dog while the rest of the personnel searched on foot. The rescuers flying overhead were able to use the 9-1-1 call geolocation to narrow down where the pet had fallen. And in less than an hour, they found him.

Photo of Waimano Trail in Pearl City Honalulu site of Hawaii dog rescue

The first responders treated the four-legged victim as they would any other. Rescuers lowered to the ground, fitted a harness over the dog, and lifted him onto the trail. Fortunately, he was not hurt.

Once the dog and his owner were reunited, they made it out of the trail on their own.

After the harrowing rescue, the HFD issued a reminder to keep dogs on short leashes while enjoying trails. Not only for safety purposes but also out of respect for other hikers and pets.

“If there are off-leash areas where you are hiking, only let your dog run free if you have verbal control of your dog, you can see your dog at all times, and you’ve worked on a reliable recall,” the department noted.

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