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Maui helicopter airlifts injured woman, stranded man

February 8, 2015

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A Maui Fire Department helicopter airlifted two people Saturday.

The Maui News (http://bit.ly/1zm6uY3) reports a 68-year-old San Diego woman hiking with friends fell 25 feet from a cliff onto rocks at Red Sands Beach in Hana.

Fire Department spokesman Edward Taomoto says the woman suffered serious injuries to her head, arms and hips.

Three divers a short time later called 911 to report a man at the bottom of a 100-foot cliff near Milepost 5 on Kahekili Highway in Waihee.

Two rescue firefighters were lowered by long line to the 41-year-old Wailuku man.

He was packaged in a rescue basket and airlifted to a landing zone. The exhausted man said he had been stuck at the bottom of the cliff since Friday.

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