California Man Airlifted After Fall in Bamboo Forest
21 Jul 2015 - 10:34 am
HANA – At 11:12 a.m., Monday July 20, emergency responders were dispatched to an injured hiker at Haleakala National Park, in Kipahulu.
Hana firefighters were informed that National Park rangers were treating a man for injuries sustained from a fall in the bamboo forest roughly two miles above the park headquarters. Because of the difficulty in carrying the victim all the way down, the fire department’s Air 1 helicopter was brought in to quickly extricate the man to waiting paramedics. Park Rangers had already begun carrying the victim down when Air 1 arrived on scene at around 11:45 a.m.
The victim was airlifted near the second bridge on Pipiwai Trail to a landing zone near the park headquarters. He was transferred to a medevac helicopter and flown to Maui Memorial Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
The victim, a 57 year-old man visiting from Sacramento, California, had been hiking alone when he fell and lost consciousness for an unknown length of time. Area hikers found him and called for help.
Firefighters from Hana and a Kahului rescue crew responded to the incident.