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Missing Hiker Suffered Exhaustion and Hypothermia

September 21, 2015, 10:10 AM HST
* Updated September 21, 10:34 AM
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Hawai’i County officials report there was a 42-year-old Japanese Nationalist that lost his way while hiking on Mauna Loa.

According to a report, the Hawai’i County Fire Department arrived on scene around 8 p.m. Sunday. The Pohakuloa Training Company 50 utilized a Polaris ARV to find the missing hiker. He was later treated and transported to the Hilo Medical Center.

Officials report the hiker was located on the Mauna Loa Observatory trail, approximately 1.5 mile above the observatory.

According to the report, he had been hiking all day, and encountered heavy rain, strong winds and low temperatures in the low 50’s. He was found suffering from exhaustion and hypothermia.

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