Maui Man Airlifted After Fall From Cliff Near Hoʻokipa

April 4, 2016, 1:03 AM HST · Updated April 4, 1:03 AM
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A Maui man was airlifted after sustaining serious injuries in an apparent fall from a cliff east of Hoʻokipa Beach Park on Friday evening.

Fire officials say the victim’s friend called for help at around 5:27 p.m. on Friday, April 1, 2016.  According to department reports, the caller said his friend was last seen 30 minutes earlier near the cliff’s edge, but could not be found.

A fire crew from the Pāʻia station hiked down the cliff, about a mile east of Hoʻokipa, just before Maliko Gulch, and located the 37-year-old Maui man lying at the bottom of a 75-foot cliff.

“The man appeared to have sustained serious injuries from a fall and was conscious and talking, but the man was uncooperative with rescuer’s attempts to treat and move him to safety,” said Maui Fire Services Chief Edward Taomoto.

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The man was eventually airlifted out by the fire department’s Air 1 helicopter to paramedics waiting in a nearby pasture. He was then transported in serious condition to the Maui Memorial Medical Center.

Engine 2 from Pāʻia, Rescue 10 out of Kahului, and the department’s Air 1 helicopter responded to the incident.

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