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HFD Rescues Man Who Fell Down Obscured Shaft

November 4, 2019, 2:30 PM HST
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The Hawai‘i Fire Department on Monday rescued an elderly man who fell down a 30-foot shaft on his East Hawai‘i property on Poki Place.

Hawai‘i Police Department officers were initially contacted with a missing person report. Upon searching the victim’s property, they found a freshly caved in part of the manicured property exposing a shaft approximately 24-30 inches wide.

At the bottom of the shaft, approximately 25-30 feet down, they located the 72-year-old property owner who was unresponsive. At that point, HFD Rescue from the Kaumana Fire Station and HFD Waiakea Rescue Company 2 were called in to set up a rappel and belay system. The call came in at 10:17 a.m. Monday.

HFD lowered a rescue man down the shuft using a supplied air breathing apparatus, which delivers air from tanks on the surface via a hose to the rescuer.

The victim was packaged in tight quarters and brought to the surface, when HPD took over investigation of the incident. No other injuries were reported.

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The victim’s condition was unknown as of 2:30 p.m. Monday.

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