Woman Rescued After Falling into Kawainui Gorge

A 19-year-old woman was rescued after falling down an embankment and into the Kawainui Stream gorge on Wednesday.

The Hawai`i County Fire Department arrived on scene at 6:22 p.m. and located the patient.

Chopper 1 using a long line and a Billy Pugh basket through high tree canopy to reach the woman and HFD personnel.

She was extricated to a medic unit and transported to Hilo Medical Center. Officials say she suffered a head injury and other soft tissue trauma.

HFD reports that the rescue took place in complete darkness.

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