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Cries for help lead to missing hiker

Firefighters listened to cries for help to locate a missing hiker Wednesday at Makamakaole Gulch, the Maui Fire Department reported.

Wailuku firefighters and a Kahului rescue crew aboard the Fire Department’s Air One helicopter responded to the 5:06 p.m. call of reports of someone calling for help in the area of the gulch. Investigation determined the hiker, a 50-year-old Wailuku man, had been reported overdue by a family member who was hiking with him, according to the Fire Department.

Air One was launched to take rescue firefighters to the area to try to determine the hiker’s location, and the search by air continued until darkness fell, the Fire Department reported.

“Because the missing hiker had no cellphone, rescuers needed to carefully listen to the victim’s cries for help,” the Fire Department said.

Firefighters continued a ground search before eventually locating the hiker at about 9 p.m. and escorting him to safety, according to the Fire Department. He wasn’t injured.

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