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Puna Information Update for August 14th, 2020

One person seriously injured following a fall from a cliff at Mackenzie State Park in Lower Puna late Thursday evening (August 14th).

Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Holualoa) Team

The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of a person who fell off of a cliff at Mackenzie State Park in Lower Puna late Thursday evening (August 14th).

The initial call came in at 10:22 pm Thursday evening and HFD crews from the Pahoa, Paradise Park, and Waiakea (Rescue Company 2) Fire Stations along with Battalion 1 and HPD officers from the Puna Patrol responded to the scene located along the cliffside of Mackenzie State Park.

Cliffside of Mackenzie State Park (Google Earth)

Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came in from bystanders reporting a person (described as a male with age disclosed as 18-years-old apart of a small group) had fallen off of a cliffside at Mackenzie State Park and landed approximately 20 feet down to a rocky ledge. The male victim suffered serious head and shoulder injuries and was not able to get back up the cliffside on his own. One person from the group went to call 911 for further assistance, while another member of the group had climbed down to the location of the male victim and provided basic medical aid until emergency crews could arrive at the scene.

Example of Rescue Litter

Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD crews immediately climbed down to the victim's location and took over medical care. Due to the location of the patient on the rocky ledge, HFD Rescue crews utilized rescue litter and rope rescue system to extrication the patient to an awaiting HFD Medic at the top of the cliff.

Once back at the top of the cliff, HFD Medics continued with medical treatment and later transported the male patient to the Hilo Medical Center in serious condition further medical treatment and assessment.

No other injuries were reported.

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