Updated: Jan 29, 2020
A female in her 40's seriously injured following a jump from a 60-foot cliff at Papakōlea (Green Sand) Beach near Ka Lae, Ka'u Monday afternoon (January 27th).
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of a female party injured following a jump from a 60-foot cliff at Papakōlea Beach Monday afternoon (January 27th).
The initial call came in 1:32 pm Monday afternoon and HFD crews from the Pahala, Waiākea (Rescue Company 2), and Captain Cook Fire Station along with Battalion 1, Chopper 1 (from the Waiākea Fire Station), Chopper 2 (from the South Kohala Fire Station), and HPD officers from the Ka'u Patrol responded to the scene located at Papakōlea (Green Sand) Beach.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came in from bystanders that a female (described to be approximately in her 40's) had reportedly jumped off a 60-foot cliff near Papakōlea Beach and after entering the water, the female party had lost consciousness and was brought back to shore by beachgoers, where once on the beach, she later regained consciousness and suffering serious injuries, where patient was not able to walk out on her own following the incident. Bystanders began providing basic medical care until emergency crews could arrive on scene.
Once HFD crews arrived on the scene, due to the location of the patient, they had to utilize both Chopper 1 and Chopper 2 to access the patient. HFD Medics on Chopper 2 took over medical care of the female patient and later transported her to Kona Community Hospital in serious condition.