One person seriously injured following a fall to a lower-level incident at Ho'okelekele Falls in Pi'ihounua Monday afternoon (February 22nd).
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Holualoa) Team
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) and Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) responded to a report of a medical emergency at Ho'okelekele Falls (or locally known as Narnia) in Pi'ihonua, South Hilo Monday afternoon (February 22nd).
The initial call came in at 2:07 pm Monday afternoon and HFD Crews from the Kaumana, Central, and Waiākea (Rescue Company 2) Fire Stations along with Battalion 1, Chopper 1, HPD Officers from the South Hilo Patrol, and DLNR - DOCARE Officers responded to the scene located at Narnia.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came in that patient (described as a male in his 30s) had fallen approximately 5 feet on a rocky surface near Narnia and landed on his left hip possibly suffering from a hip fracture following the fall. Party was out of the water and was with a female party at the time of the incident, both parties awaited the arrival of emergency crews.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, due to the location of the two parties, HFD Chopper 1 landed near the location of the parties and HFD Rescue personnel began a medical assessment of the male patient and package the patient for extrication from the area using a rescue litter lowered from the bottom of Chopper 1.
Once the patient was extricated from the area to the landing zone above Narnia, HFD Medic personnel took over medical care of the male patient and later transported the male to the Hilo Medical Center in serious condition. The female party accompanying the male at the time of the incident was also extricated from the area but was uninjured.
DLNR and HPD continue to investigate the incident and it's unknown at this time if both parties were cited.