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Hu'umula Information Update for January 29th, 2021

One person critically injured in an apparent sledding (boogie boarding) accident on the summit of Maunakea Friday evening (January 29th).

File Photo: Snow-Capped Maunakea (PC: Benjamin Agdeppa)

Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Holualoa and Hilo) Team

The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with U.S. Army Fire Department at Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA Fire), Hawaii Police Department (HPD), and Maunakea Rangers responded to a report of a medical emergency on the summit of Maunakea Friday evening (January 29th).

The initial call came in at 6:37 pm Friday evening and HFD Crews from the Haihai and Kaumana Fire Stations along with PTA Fire Company 50, HPD Officers from the South Hilo Patrol, and Maunakea Rangers responded to the scene located on the summit of Maunakea near the 7-mile marker on Maunakea Access Road.

Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came in from bystanders reporting a female (described to be her 20s) was sledding (using a boogie board) on the summit of Maunakea (below the observatories) and had lost control and crashed on the icy surface suffering serious injuries.

Immediately following the incident, bystanders provided basic medical care and Maunakea Rangers later arrived at the scene and assist with medical care, then transported the female patient to Hale Pohaku (Maunakea Visitor Information Center) to rendezvous with PTA Fire and HFD personnel. The female patient reported to have suffered traumatic injuries to the head as a result of the incident.

Once HFD and PTA Fire crews arrived at the scene, they immediately began providing advanced medical care to the female patient. HFD Medic then transported the female to the Hilo Medical Center in critical condition for further medical treatment.

Maunakea Rangers and HPD continue to investigate the incident.

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