Crews in Hawaii rescue hiker from lava tube

Woman was hiking on trail when she fell through hole above lava tube near entrance to caves, suffered head, chest injurie


Staff Report
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser

HILO, Hawaii — Hawaii County firefighters rescued a 59-year-old woman who fell 15 feet into a lava tube in the Kaumana Caves area above Hilo.

The woman was hiking on a trail when she fell through a hole above the lava tube near the entrance to the caves at about 4 p.m. Saturday and suffered head and chest injuries, according to a Fire Department news release.

Firefighters hiked into the caves, stabilized the woman and carried her out. The Fire Department helicopter took the woman to an area where a waiting ambulance drove her to the Hilo Medical Center in serious condition, firefighters said.

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