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Visitor Airlifted From ʻĪao Valley After Injuring Ankle in Solo Hike

May 21, 2015, 4:04 AM HST
* Updated May 21, 4:11 AM
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ʻĪao Valley rescue, 5.20.15. Photo credit: Maui Department of Fire and Public Safety.

ʻĪao Valley rescue, 5.20.15. Photo credit: Maui Department of Fire and Public Safety.

By Maui Now Staff

A 40-year-old woman from British Columbia, Canada was airlifted from ʻĪao Valley after falling and injuring her ankle while hiking on a trail by herself, fire official said.

The incident was reported at 3:57 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20, on a trail above the lookout at ʻĪao Valley State Park in Wailuku.

According to department reports, the woman slipped and injured her ankle while descending on a trail about a mile into the trail.

Fire officials say emergency dispatchers were able to lock-in the woman’s location via GPS, when she called with her cell phone for help.

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Maui Fire Services Officer Edward Taomoto said conditions on the trail proved extremely hazardous to carry the woman out on foot, so a Kahului rescue aboard Air 1 airlifted her to the parking lot where she was treated and transported by paramedics to the hospital with minor injuries.

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