(BIVN) – Two people, described by the Hawaiʻi Fire Department as opihi pickers, were rescued from the high ocean cliffs by the Waipunalei-area of Laupahoehoe early on Sunday morning.
According to a fire dispatch, the two people climbed down a 100-foot steep embankment and utilized a rope system to scale down another 100 foot vertical cliff to pick opihi. The first party was found approximately 50 feet down on the cliff face, at around 1 a.m.
The fire dispatch says:
HFD rescue team used high angle rope rescue. Utilizing 3:1 raising and lowering rope rescue systems, 1 HFD rescueman was lowered to ‘pick off’ victim #1 on cliff face. Victim #2 was raised from shoreline to safety, tended by a HFD rescueman. Throughout the rescue, heavy rain contributed to the hazardous rescue. Both parties extracted safely and evaluated by HFD Medic personnel. Neither victim had injuries requiring transport to a medical facility. No HFD personnel sustained any injuries during the rescue.
The owner of the private property shoreline cliff was not identified in the release.
by Big Island Video News
LAUPAHOEHOE, Hawaiʻi - Two people needed to be rescued from the high cliffs near the Waipunalei area of Laupahoehoe early Sunday morning.