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Rescuers Find Lost Hiker Using Phone GPS Signals

February 28, 2014, 12:16 PM HST
* Updated February 28, 4:53 PM
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Fire department rescuers used cell phone towers to triangulate the location of a hiker lost in a forest reserve above Laupahoehoe on Thursday.

The 20-year-old male hiker was reported lost in the Piha Forest Reserve at about 11:25 a.m.

Using GPS signals from the hiker’s cell phone, rescuers were able to determine his location and spotted him from the department’s Chopper 1.

A ground crew went to his location and led him about a mile out of the forest.

A department spokesman said the hiker did not require any medical attention.

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