VIDEO: 13-Year-Old Boy Air Rescued From “Bamboo Forest”
[flashvideo file=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FSPAPABDoY /] By Wendy Osher
A 13-year-old boy was airlifted from the Kailua area of East Maui from the spot often referred to as the “Bamboo Forest” after falling nearly 15 feet onto jagged rocks below a waterfall on Sunday.
Fire officials say the boy, from Chattanooga, Tennessee, was with family members when the incident occurred at around 11:08 a.m. on Sunday, June 14, 2015. Fire officials say the group was being escorted by a tour guide and was reported at the base of the second waterfall on the trail.
Authorities say the boy was found in good condition with his parents at his side, and was conscious and speaking, but sustained moderate injuries.
A Kahului rescue crew aboard the Air 1 helicopter located the boy at about 11:45 a.m. Rescue crews then packaged the boy for transport in a basket and airlifted him to an open pasture near the Hāna Highway. He was treated by paramedics and was later transported to the Maui Memorial Medical Center for further treatment.
Crews responding to the scene included firefighters from Pāʻia, Kahului, and a rescue crew board the department’s Air-1 helicopter.
(Original Post: 12:02 p.m. 6/14/15)
Maui fire crews are on scene for an apparent air rescue in the Kailua area of East Maui near the spot often referred to as the “Bamboo Forest”. We’ll post details when they are released, but here’s a first look at the incident from the scene. Video credit: Jack Dugan.