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UPDATE: Hiker Falls 15-Feet at ʻĪao Near Nature Center

January 28, 2016, 3:44 PM HST
* Updated January 29, 8:16 PM
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ʻĪao Valley rescue. Maui Now graphic; background image credit: DLNR.

ʻĪao Valley rescue. Maui Now graphic; background image credit: DLNR.

(UPDATE: Provided by Maui Fire Services Chief Edward Taomoto)

At 3:25 p.m. Thursday afternoon, firefighters responded to a female that fell above Kepaniwai Park in ʻĪao Valley.

At 3:41 p.m., Engine 10 and Rescue 10 from Kahului arrived at the park and found that a 21-year-old female had fallen from a trail above the Hawaii Nature Center, at Kepaniwai Park.

After tumbling down a very steep embankment and falling off a 15-foot vertical drop, the woman, visiting from California, was knocked unconscious for roughly 30 minutes. When rescue crews got to her, she was sitting up on a rock with her male companion.

Firefighters rappelled down to the woman and treated her for head injuries before securing her in a protective rescue basket. To get the woman out, firefighters set up a rope system so she could be hauled back up to ʻĪao Valley Road. The dense overhead tree canopy prevented the use of the department helicopter.

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Paramedics took over treatment at 5:38 p.m., then transported her to Maui Memorial Medical Center in stable condition.

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The Kahului engine crew responded to the incident along with Rescue 10 because Wailuku firefighters were on another emergency call at the time.

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Rescue crews are responding to a report of a female who fell about 15 feet near a swimming hole above the Hawaiʻi Nature Center in ʻĪao Valley.

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The incident was reported at around 3:26 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016.

Emergency crews were on scene at last report.

***Check back for updates, which will be posted as they become available.

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