HFD Rescues Injured Cliff JumperMay 29, 2020, 5:57 PM HST (Updated May 29, 2020, 6:03 PM)
Hawai‘i Fire Department personnel on Friday afternoon conducted an air rescue of a juvenile female who sustained multiple injuries cliff jumping in East Hawai‘i.
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The victim sustained leg and back injuries after leaping from a 40-foot waterfall into a pond near Pi‘ihonua Bridge on the Wailuku River, HFD said in a report. She was able to swim to the bank of the pond but was unable to walk.
Kaumana Fire Station personnel entered the area on foot a little before 3 p.m., helping guide a chopper rescue headed by the Waiakea Rescue Company. Responders placed the patient on a spine board and extricated her to the bridge by helicopter using a long line and an attendant.
No report of the victim’s status was included in the initial HFD report.