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Arizona tourist, 18, dies in fall off bridge on Maui

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 5:42 p.m. HST, Jul 15, 2012

Maui firefighters recovered the body of an 18-year-old man around 2 p.m. today after he fell off Makapipi Bridge, county officials reported. 

The visitor from Mesa, Ariz., went over a guard rail where he slipped and fell approximately 40 feet down onto some rocks and then into a pond below, officials said. 

He was with his father, his father's girlfriend and the girlfriend's niece.

The bridge crosses a stream on the road to Hana.

A county spokesman said a Nahiku resident went looking in the pond for the victim and reported seeing him approximately 30 feet under water. 

Rescue divers found and extricated the man before airlifting him to a landing zone and turning the body over to Maui police.

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