Maui News

Visitor Injured in Fall Airlifted out of ‘Iao Valley

August 10, 2012, 7:21 PM HST
* Updated August 10, 7:23 PM
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‘Iao Valley rescue, August 10, 2012. Photo credit, Fabiola Gosselin.

By Wendy Osher

A female visitor from California was airlifted out of ‘Iao Valley after falling from a ledge near the river bank this afternoon.

Emergency crews were dispatched to the scene at 3:37 p.m. where they responded to reports of a woman who had fallen and was unresponsive on the river bank, authorities said.

According to medics, Fire crews from Engine 1 out of Wailuku found the woman about one mile up the trail with multiple traumatic injuries.

Bystanders in the area told authorities that the woman was standing on a ledge at the river bank when it gave way and caused the woman to fall approximately 10 feet where she stuck her head on a rock below, said Ryan Joslin, Public Information Officer for the Maui County Paramedics Association.

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The woman was airlifted out of the trail area to an awaiting paramedic unit on scene.

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She was then transported to the Maui Memorial Medical Center in serious condition with head injuries, while receiving trauma care by an attending paramedic, said Joslin.

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