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Mountain Rescue: Injured Hiker at Haleakalā

December 29, 2015, 3:13 PM HST
* Updated December 30, 8:29 AM
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Mountain rescue: Haleakalā. Background image credit: Wendy Osher.

Mountain rescue: Haleakalā. Background image credit: Wendy Osher.

A 69-year-old California woman was airlifted from the Palikū cabin area of Haleakalā after injuring her ankle while hiking in a remote section of the park.

Fire officials say the woman was unable to hike out on her own, and was airlifted about 10 miles to a landing zone at Hosmer Grove just before 3 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 29, 2015.

Awaiting medics transported the woman to the hospital for evaluation and treatment.

Fire officials say she was part of a large group of visitors camping at the location.

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Maui firefighters are conducting a mountain rescue at Haleakalā following reports of a hiker with an ankle injury.

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The incident was reported at around 2:54 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, about 10 miles from the Hosmer Grove area in the vicinity of the Palikū cabin.

The department’s Air-1 helicopter and Rescue-10 out of Kahului were dispatched to the scene along with a crew from the Kula station.

Rescue crews at last report had planned to airlift the 69-year-old woman out of the cabin area to awaiting medics at Hosmer Grove.  Initial reports indicate that the woman is unable to hike out of the cabin area on her own.

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