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Calif. man rescued from Haleakala National Park trail

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The Maui Fire Department helicopter airlifted a 57-year-old visitor from California to safety Monday after he fell while hiking in Haleakala National Park in Kipahulu.

Hana firefighters responded at 11:12 a.m. to a call from National Park Service rangers who treated a man who fell in the bamboo forest roughly two miles above the park headquarters.

Park Rangers had already begun carrying the victim down when the Fire Department helicopter arrived at around 11:45 a.m. The victim was airlifted near the second bridge on the Pipiwai Trail to a landing zone near the park headquarters.

He was transferred to a medevac helicopter and flown to Maui Memorial Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. 

The 57-year-old man, visiting from Sacramento, Calif., had been hiking alone when he fell and lost consciousness for an unknown length of time. Hikers found him and called for help. 

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