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Firefighters recover man's body from base of Manoa waterfall

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 5:58 p.m. HST, Apr 12, 2012


Fire rescue personnel recovered the body of a man in a streambed near Manoa Falls this afternoon, but it is unknown whether this case is related to reports of cries for help the night before.

Fire Capt. Terry Seelig said a hiker spotted the body in the area, and the fire department was notified at 2 p.m.

Seelig said the area is not near a designated trail, but "people will sometimes get lost and the ridge has a worn path because lots of people have mistaken it as a trail. We have rescued many people over the years."

Fire personnel hiked to the body and recovered it from the stream. The body was taken by a fire helicopter to the Lyon Arboretum parking lot at 4:30 p.m.

Seelig said the body was found at the base of a smaller waterfall slightly to the right of the main falls in Manoa.

About 7 p.m. Wednesday, hikers on the Tantalus side of Manoa Valley reported hearing what they thought were cries for help, Seelig said. He said a search on foot was launched from both the Tantalus side and the Manoa side. 

Ground crews searched in the dark for more than two hours, and a helicopter searched for 30 minutes, he said.

Fire personnel encountered hikers on the Manoa side who heard about the same time what they believed was yelling.

No hiker was reported missing, and no cars were parked at the trailheads, Seelig said.

Police are investigating.

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