GFD responds to injured hiker

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GFD responded to Tarzan Falls after Fire Dispatch received a report of a 37-year-old male that was injured while hiking with a group. PNC photo)

The Guam Fire Department reported that at 10:06 a.m., GFD’s Engine 11 and Rescue 1 & 2 responded to Tarzan Falls after Fire Dispatch received a report of a 37-year-old male who was injured while hiking with a group.

According to GFD, units made contact with the patient at 10:57 a.m.and initiated care. GFD spokesman Kevin Reilly tells PNC that there were a group of hikers, one of whom slipped and fell while hiking.

Working with the U.S. Coast Guard Command Center, the National Guard Lakota helicopter (224th Aviation Regiment) was requested and launched to assist with extrication.

However, units were able to bring the patient to the trailhead on an all-terrain vehicle.

The hiker was reported to be responsive and ambulatory at the scene, and was transported to the Naval Hospital for treatment and care.

GFD wants to remind residents and visitors that hiking, especially after the heavy rains Guam has been experiencing, is extremely dangerous because the trails are muddy and slick.

All hikers are urged to hike with a buddy, wear proper attire, stay hydrated, carry basic first aid/survival gear, and bring a cell phone/GPS in a waterproof case or bag.

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