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Pair Rescued from Rapid Water Below Piihonua Bridge

July 24, 2015, 8:10 AM HST
* Updated July 24, 8:11 AM
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Two individuals suffered injuries after being located by the Hawai’i County Fire Department in fresh water beneath the Piihonua Bridge Thursday afternoon.

HFD officials report that the pair, a man and a woman, suffered injuries and were unable to get themselves out of the rapid moving water below waterfalls just after 2 p.m.

Eleven firefighters responded to the scene where they rescued the two using a Billy Pugh net.

Both individuals were taken to Hilo Medical Center where they were treated and reported to be in stable condition.

During the rescue, HFD closed the entire Piihonua Bridge.


The Hawai’i Police Department is investigating the incident.

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