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Man Rescued After 25-Foot Fall

September 26, 2016, 7:25 AM HST
* Updated September 26, 12:31 PM
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Hawai‘i County Fire Department helicpoter. Photo by Nate Gaddis.

Hawai‘i County Fire Department helicpoter. Photo by Nate Gaddis.

Hawai‘i County Fire Department rescue units responded to a report of a 21-year old male, who fell 25 feet during 135-foot rappel from the top of a Makahiloa Stream waterfall, Hilo-side of Maulua Gulch on Sunday, Sept. 25.

The area is a steep valley wall with dense jungle-type terrain.

HCFD received the alarm at 11:03 a.m.; the first unit arrived at the scene at 11:41 a.m.

The man suffered a leg injury, and was extricated by Chopper 1 during a longline-attended litter operation with ground transport by Medic 8 to Hilo Medical Center.

He is reported to be in stable condition.

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Other members of his party had made phone contact with him via text message and were safely out of the area.

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