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Maui firefighters rescue 2 tourists in separate hiking incidents

Maui firefighters rescued two hikers in separate incidents Wednesday.

Search and rescue crews responded to Iao Valley State Park at about 7 p.m. after a 26-year-old woman from New York got lost and couldn’t make it out when darkness fell.

Firefighters hiked in and found her about a half-mile above the end of the marked trail after searching for about 45 minutes, and walked her out safely.

The woman had gotten disoriented and mistakenly hiked deeper into the valley when she thought she was walking out, a Fire Department spokesman said. She stayed put after calling 911 for help, firefighters said.

Earlier in the day, firefighters rescued a 65-year-old man from Missouri who injured his knee after slipping on a muddy Waihee Ridge trail.

The Fire Department helicopter responded and located the man about 2:20 p.m. about 1.5 miles above the trail head. 

The helicopter airlifted him to a landing zone near Camp Maluhia. He refused medical treatment and said his friends would take him to the hospital once they returned to their car. 

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