One woman hospitalized following a swift water rescue in Pi'ihonua, Hilo Monday afternoon (December 2nd).
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to the swift water rescue incident in Pi'ihonua, South Hilo Monday afternoon (December 2nd).
The initial call came in at 1:04 pm Monday afternoon and crews from the Kaumana, Central, and Waiakea Fire Stations along with Battalion 1 and Chopper 1 responded to the scene in an area known to locals as Narnia (where the Kahoama River and Hookelekele Stream converge with the Wailuku River) located approximately 1 mile from Pi'ihonua Falls.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came in that a female swimmer (described to be in her 30's) got caught river current and was swept over a 30-foot waterfall. The female swimmer was reported to be clinging to the side river embankment awaiting the arrival of emergency crews.
Once emergency crews arrived on the scene and due to the location of the incident, HFD personnel utilized Chopper 1 to access the location of the female swimmer and deployed a Fire Rescue Specialist into the river. Once the Fire Rescue Specialist was deployed, they then deployed a Billy Pugh Net to recovered the female swimmer and also the Fire Rescue Specialist from the river and brought them a landing zone to an awaiting Medic. HFD Medics then transported the female to the Hilo Medical Center in Stable/Fair Condition.