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Jogger rescued after falling from Kalihiwai Bridge

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 03:40 p.m. HST, Jun 21, 2014

A Honolulu man jogging near the Kalihiwai Bridge on Kauai's north shore fell 40 feet and held on to a tree on the side of a cliff before he was rescued early Saturday morning, a Kauai County spokeswoman said.

The 40-year-old man had been jogging on the makai side of the bridge at about 2:45 a.m. when he tripped and fell over the railing, said county spokeswoman Mary Daubert. She said the man used a cell phone to call a friend for help.

Firefighters from the Hanalei station responded and rescued the man, who had injured his left leg and shoulder.

Medics took him to Wilcox Hospital for treatment.

Police closed Kuhio Highway from 3 to 4:45 a.m. while firefighters rescued the man.

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Mikilai wrote:
how do you fall off a bridge from jogging? ... glad he's safe
on June 21,2014 | 09:23AM
Hawaii5OhOh wrote:
He probably was going to use the bathroom and climbed over the side, not realizing he was on a bridge and fell.
on June 21,2014 | 09:29AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
That was my first thought too because the bridge has a high enough concrete barrier that prevents people and cars from falling over the side into the gorge below. All bridges in the United States are governed by AASHTO, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. Bridges are there for a reason: to let motor vehicles cross a terrain that includes a huge dip in land, which is usually a river. Two Possibilities, as Harry Hoo of Get Smart fame played by the late Joey Forman, says for is near tragedy: (1) Honorable Jogger was afraid of a motor vehicle getting too close to him as he was jogging, or (2) Honorable Jogger stood on the bridge barrier and simply jumped down.
on June 22,2014 | 01:27AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Then again the article says the 40-year old man tripped and fell over the bridge, which is possible if one is over a certain age, and if one is jogging at two forty five after midnight Hawaiian standard time.
on June 22,2014 | 01:30AM
HanabataDays wrote:
How they knew he was there at that hour of the morning? He hung onto the branch with one hand and dialed 9-1-1 on his cell with the other? Or he hung on all night, what?
on June 21,2014 | 09:34AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Hung on only 3 minutes and 29 seconds.
on June 22,2014 | 01:32AM
false wrote:
Jogging at 2:45 am when it's pitch black?
on June 21,2014 | 09:53AM
kalaoa wrote:
some of us work shifts and need to put in the time...when we can
on June 21,2014 | 10:38AM
Kuokoa wrote:
He is from Honolulu. Is he working on Kauai?
on June 21,2014 | 11:30AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
on June 22,2014 | 01:33AM
WKAMA wrote:
That's why he fell off the bridge..
on June 21,2014 | 03:06PM
Kuokoa wrote:
What is he doing jogging at that hour on a relatively narrow roadway?
on June 21,2014 | 11:29AM
cojef wrote:
Kalihiwai is remote area and cannot fathom what he was doing at that hour on a bridge and how he could fall off, unless he was inebriated and how he did get this far. Strange?
on June 21,2014 | 11:43AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Beam me up cojef.
on June 22,2014 | 01:35AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
I don't think the roadway is a Narrow. It looks wide enough to carry big rigs. See how much space there is between the two yellow center lines and the warning square dots on the side.
on June 22,2014 | 01:34AM
AFishOutofH20 wrote:
Wea u goin brah????????
on June 21,2014 | 12:25PM
AFishOutofH20 wrote:
U wen run off da cliff or wat????????
on June 21,2014 | 12:30PM
browniegirl wrote:
sounds kinda make a__, yeah?
on June 21,2014 | 11:20PM
Manawai wrote:
Zombies are know to chase hapless joggers on the bridge. What I can't figure out is how the stumbling zombies can catch the swift-moving joggers. ???
on June 22,2014 | 08:14AM
nitpikker wrote:
2:45 a.m.??? and i don't see any street lights. (no copper to steal) who in their right mind would jog there and at that time?
on June 22,2014 | 09:51AM
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