(BIVN) – A woman reportedly went over Rainbow Falls and was later rescued from the Wailuku River on Friday.
The alert went out just after 1:45 p.m. that a female, said to be in her 20’s, went over the falls by accident. She was found sitting on the northern bank of the pond, out of the water, by the time rescue crews arrived.
According to the Hawaiʻi County Fire Department:
HFD’s helicopter inserted one (1) Fire Rescue Specialist into to the water. He swam to her and conducted a patient assessment. A second Fire Rescue Specialist was flown to the patient on a long line with a litter. Once loaded into the litter, the patient and the Fire Rescue Specialist was airlifted to the landing zone. The patient was immediately transferred to a waiting ambulance, treated and transported to Hilo Medical Center.
The second Fire Rescue Specialist was extracted from the river bank with a Billy Pugh net, fire officials say.