Visitor Falls 30 Feet from Waterfall, Airlifted from Commando Trail

August 15, 2016, 4:26 AM HST · Updated August 15, 4:37 AM
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Mountain rescue. Graphics by Wendy Osher.

Mountain rescue. Graphics by Wendy Osher.

A California visitor was transported to the hospital in stable condition after falling 30 feet from a waterfall while hiking on the Commando Trail in the Kailua area of East Maui over the weekend.

The incident was reported at 10:07 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016.

The victim’s friend told authorities that the 30-year-old man from San Diego had fallen from the top of a waterfall at the third pond above the Hāna Highway.

Authorities say the man was hiking with a group of seven other people when the accident occurred, and was walking along the top of the waterfall when he lost his footing and fell over the side.

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Fire officials say the visitor sustained serious injuries after bouncing off of a rocky outcropping 20 feet down and then falling another 10 feet into the pond below.

A Kahului rescue crew aboard the fire department’s Air 1 helicopter reached the visitor first, and stabilized his injuries before airlifting him to paramedics at a landing zone next to the Hāna Highway.

Paramedics transported the man to the Maui Memorial Medical Center in stable condition. A medevac helicopter also was called in, but was not able to land because of rain and marginal weather conditions.

Pāʻia firefighters were also dispatched to the scene.

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