Visitor injured at Red Sand Beach

A 56-year-old woman was rescued Monday after she slid about 30 feet down a slope and landed on rocks near the shoreline at Red Sand Beach in Hana, a fire official said.

Firefighters were called to the beach at 4:02 p.m., with a fire crew and ambulance from Hana responding, along with a Kahului rescue company aboard the Fire Department’s Air One helicopter.

Firefighters arrived to find the woman, a visitor, had slid about 30 feet down a high-angle slope, landing on rocks near the shoreline, said fire Capt. Jeffrey Giesea, acting public information officer. He said the woman was conscious and had multiple injuries, including scrapes over much of her body, at least one broken bone and a shoulder injury.

Firefighters and medics provided emergency medical treatment and packaged the patient so she could be airlifted out of the area, Giesea said. He said the patient was in a rescue basket secured to a rescue rope, with a rescue technician attached, and taken by Air One to the Hana Ball Field before being transferred to a medevac helicopter for transport to Maui Memorial Medical Center.

Fire crews left the scene at 5:29 p.m.

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