By Jeff King
A 31 year-old man is in stable condition today after he fell 200 feet down a cliff near Kauiki Hill (also known as Red Sand Beach) Thursday afternoon.
Maui Police say officers, Maui Fire Department personnel and medics responded to a 4:42 p.m. call near Hana for a man who had reportedly taken that huge plunge. The caller, a 48 year-old Hana man, was with the victim but providing “very vague directions” to their location, according to the report. Working with the dispatcher, MFD rescuers were able to determine the general area and followed a trail to a homeless camp over Kauiki Hill. There, they located the caller and the victim.
The victim was suffering from an open head wound and altered mental status. During his contact with fire department personnel the victim became very combative and was refusing all help. Due to safety concerns and the risk of injury to first responders it was determined that Maui Police patrol personnel from the Hana district would be flown into the camp site with fire personnel via Air One.
As additional fire support hiked in and met the victim he calmed down and eventually agreed to be airlifted out of the campsite to Hana Ball Field. MPD and MFD personnel were flown into the area by Air One where police made contact with the caller and victim. With police on scene at the camp site, the victim agreed to be airlifted out of the area by fire personnel. The victim was airlifted out of the area by MFD to the Hana Ball Field where he was treated by awaiting medics from Hana and transported to an awaiting medevac. The victim was flown to Maui Memorial Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries and an altered mental status.
Following the victims transport to MMMC, MFD personnel flew back into the area and were able to successfully fly Maui Police patrol personnel back to the Hana Ball Field.
The entire rescue operation was a coordinated cooperative effort involving Maui Fire Department, American Medical Response (Medics), and Maui Police Department.