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Lost hiker rescued on Mauna Loa Sunday (Sept 20)

Rescue crews responded to a 7:18 p.m. alarm Sunday (Sept 20) to Mauna Loa for a lost hiker.

A 42-year-old Japanese visitor got lost while hiking on the Mauna Loa trail about 1.5 miles above the Mauna Loa Solar Observatory. The man had been hiking all day, was caught in heavy rain, strong winds and temperatures in the low 50s. He was unfamiliar with the area.

Rescue crews used an ATV to search and locate the lost hiker. The man was suffering from exhaustion and hypothermia. He was treated by medics and taken to Hilo Medical Center.

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