Big Island firefighters airlift tour group out of forest reserve


On the Big Island, a tour group had to be rescued from a trail after one of the hikers got injured.

It happened around 5 p.m. Wednesday at Kahaualea Forest Reserve in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Fire officials say the group was attempting to view an active lava flow when a 36-year-old woman sprained her ankle on muddy ground roughly 3.5 miles into a trail.

Because she was unable to walk out, firefighters used a helicopter to pick up all six tour group participants and two guides and take them to safety.

The injured woman was treated at a fire station.

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