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Man Injured in Fall from Fishing Boat at Kapalua

December 5, 2012, 8:14 AM HST
* Updated December 5, 9:07 AM
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Kapalua, file photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

A 51-year-old man was transported to hospital in serious condition after falling from the tuna tower of a fishing boat on Tuesday morning at Kapalua Bay.

Medics from Napili and Coast Guard crews were dispatched to the scene at 10:55 a.m. Crews arrived to find the man suffering from head injuries.

Authorities say Coast Guard members initiated first-aid care and brought the local male from a chartered fishing vessel to Lahaina Harbor where medics assumed care.

“Apparently, the male fell from the tuna tower of his fishing boat, landed on a mounted fighting chair, and then fell again onto the boat’s deck where Coast Guard members found him,” said Ryan Joslin, spokesperson for the Maui County Paramedics Association.

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Joslin said the man received pre-hospital trauma care from an attending paramedic and was transported in serious condition to an awaiting trauma team at the Maui Memorial Medical Center.

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It is not known if the patient was a crew member or charter customer.

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