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Rescue crews find missing hunter in Makawao forest

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 2:20 a.m. HST, Jul 6, 2013

The Maui Fire Department helicopter located a missing 26-year-old Maui pig hunter who spent the night in the Makawao Forest Reserve when he became separated from two other hunters.

Rescue personnel found the missing man at 6:40 a.m. Friday and airlifted him to a landing zone, Maui Fire Department spokesman Lee Mainaga said. The man did not require medical attention.

Mainaga said firefighters responded at 1:15 p.m. Thursday to a rescue call at the top of Kahakapao Road and found an injured 28-year-old woman, who had an ankle injury in a heavily forested ravine.

The woman, unable to walk out, was airlifted to a landing zone within the Piiholo Water Treatment Facility.

A man, who had stayed with the woman, walked out of the forest trail on his own with his dogs, Mainaga said.

Mainaga said workers were looking for the 26-year-old man, who left the man and woman to head back to a truck.

He said while a cell phone was used by the hunters to make the emergency call for help, the missing 26-year-old man did not have a cell phone.

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