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Hiker Airlifted by Fire Rescue After Slip

Photo: Maui Fire Department/County of Maui.

On Wednesday, fire rescue crews airlifted a female hiker from the Bamboo Forest Trail in Kailua.

Paia firefighters received the call at 5:04 p.m. that a woman was not able to walk after she slipped on wet rocks and injured her ankle near the third waterfall on the Bamboo Forest Trail. Because of rugged terrain, the fire department’s Air 1 helicopter was dispatched and quickly located the woman about a half-mile above the trailhead.

Rescue personnel were lowered in by rope to treat and stabilize her injuries. The 29-year-old female visitor from Denver, Colorado was airlifted to a pasture near the Hana Highway and transferred to paramedics at 6:15 p.m. The woman was taken by ambulance to Maui Memorial Medical Center for further treatment.

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