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Crews airlift visitor with altitude sickness off Haleakala

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 08:30 p.m. HST, Feb 09, 2014

A 51-year-old woman was airlifted off the Halemauu Trail in Haleakala National Park on Sunday after experiencing altitude sickness.

Fire rescue personnel responding to a 3:49 p.m. call located the woman about a half-mile above the crater floor, approximately three miles from the trail head.

The woman, a visitor to Hawaii, was transported by ambulance to Maui Memorial Medical Center in stable condition.

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manakuke wrote:
A -real life threatening condition that can lead to death. Inability to adjust to altitude will result in severe breathing difficulties.
on February 10,2014 | 03:25AM
HanabataDays wrote:
True, but it's a little unusual for it to strike at less than 10k feet (ie, inside the crater)
on February 10,2014 | 04:01AM
manakuke wrote:
Halemauu trail is a strenuous switch back trail that runs from the crater floor to just below the summit at 9,000 feet.
on February 10,2014 | 07:59AM
Hugo wrote:
It happens. I had a SEAL Team One sky-dive team leader Suffer hypoxia minutes before the opening of an air show at Boise. Only 14.000, refused to use the ordered oxygen, decided to jump anyway. It was his last day in the Navy. He could no longer meet the height requirement. Great show when the ambulance picked him up. We did not fly him home to San Diego. A special air-evacuation flight was needed. Jesse Ventura was at San Diego at the time. Ask him.
on February 10,2014 | 11:55AM
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