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Trespasser Rescued in Fall from W. Maui Zipline


Rescue 10, file photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

A 25-year-old man was transported to the hospital on New Year’s Eve after falling 45-feet from a zip line in West Maui.

Authorities say he was one of three motorcyclists who trespassed onto the Kahoma Ranch site.

According to Maui Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga, the man used a rope to slide down one of the ziplines at Skyline Eco Adventures, when he got stuck midway.

He held on for as long as he could, but eventually fell, said Mainaga.

The incident was reported just before 6:15 p.m. on Monday, December 31, 2012.

Crews from the Maui Fire Department’s Ladder 3 and Rescue 10 responded to the scene, where they packaged the patient and hiked him out of the valley.

The man was then transported by ambulance to the Maui Memorial Medical Center in stable condition.