Barking Dog Leads Rescuers to Hiker Stranded 170 Feet Below Remote Trail in Hawaii

A 17-person search and rescue team spent nearly three hours searching for the missing 35-year-old in Honolulu

<p>Getty</p> Lanikai Pillbox hike in Oahu


Lanikai Pillbox hike in Oahu

A barking dog is being hailed as a hero in Hawaii.

On Monday, the Honolulu Fire Department responded to a 911 call about a missing hiker on the Lanipo trail in Kaimuki, Oahu according to a release.

When the 17-person search and rescue team arrived in the mountainous area the noisy pooch led them to a 35-year-old who had been stranded 170 feet below the trail’s path for around three hours “under thick foliage," it added.

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One rescuer “repelled about 20 feet down the slope” to rescue the dog, and upon airlifting them out of the area, discovered a bag full of the hiker’s personal belongings, which was “about 70 feet below where the dog was found," continued the release.

The woman’s name and phone number were both on the dog’s collar, but authorities' calls went unanswered. They conducted a wellness check at her home, too, and later confirmed that her car was parked near the trail.

After “an extensive and coordinated search by air and ground,” the hiker was eventually located at 5:37 p.m. local time, “about 100 feet below where her bag was located,” added the release.

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Upon locating her, a medical assessment was conducted and “basic life support treatment” was provided. She was then airlifted from the foliage on a stretcher and transported to a nearby hospital by emergency medical services.

The Honolulu Fire Department also noted that none of the search and rescue operators were injured during the expedition. 

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