Emergency crews in East Maui on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, medevaced a 29-year-old Woods Cross, Utah man after he fell about 20 feet to a dry streambed in the lower Nahiku area.
Fire and paramedic crews in Hana responded to the 3:34 p.m. call and upon arrival, found the man lying in the streambed with bystanders helping to keep the man comfortable. The male victim was not able to walk. Paramedics treated the man for injuries to his hip and leg.
Crews loaded the man into a stretcher basket and carried him up a steep incline, then hiked another 150 yards to reach the ambulance. Bystanders also aided emergency crews with carrying the man out of the streambed.
The area where the man fell was about 150 yards beyond a washed out bridge on Nahiku Road. The fire department’s Air-1 helicopter could not be used to extricate the victim because of thick tree cover that made it too hazardous.
Paramedics transported the man to the Hana Airport where a helicopter medevac picked the man up and took him to Maui Memorial Medical Center in serious but stable condition at 5:35 p.m. Friday.
The Utah man was standing near the stream bank and was peering over the edge when he lost his balance and fell over, landing on his feet. The man was exploring the area with his wife.