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Kahului Teen Rescued from Makamakaole Gulch in Kahakuloa

PC Courtesy: Maui Fire Department

At 3:33 p.m. on Sunday, March 12, 2017, fire crews responded to mile marker 8 of Kahekili Highway for a male teenager who jumped into a pond in Makamakaole Gulch and could not climb up the steep ascent.
Wailuku firefighters arrived at 3:52 p.m. and met with friends of the teenager. Firefighters were told two males had jumped off a 30 foot waterfall, landing in a pond below. One of the teens managed to scale his way back up, but a 17-year-old male from Kahului could not make it up due to the wet and slippery conditions on the vertical cliff face.
Firefighters hiked down about a half-mile makai of Kahekili Highway to reach the teen and determined that the helicopter was needed. The Air 1 helicopter flew in and safely airlifted the teen to Kahekili Highway at 4:45 p.m.
The Kahului teen did not require any medical attention. He was hiking with five other teenage males, all Maui residents.
A Wailuku engine and Kahului rescue crew responded to the incident.

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