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Maui rescuers airlift injured visitor from Nakalele Blow Hole

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    Firefighters responding to the 10:38 a.m. emergency call airlifted the man to a grassy area next to Kahekili Highway
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Maui fire rescue personnel assisted a 51-year-old visitor from France who was injured while viewing the Nakalele Blow Hole in West Maui. 

According to witnesses, the man suffered a leg injury when he was knocked over by a large wave. 

Firefighters responding to the 10:38 a.m. emergency call airlifted the man to a grassy area next to Kahekili Highway, where a landing zone had been established. 

Paramedics transported the man in good condition to the Maui Memorial Medical Center. 

The Maui Fire Department is reminding the public to be vigilant when exploring shoreline areas. It offers the following advice: 

• If rocks are wet, that means ocean waves are reaching that area so use caution and stay in dry areas. 

• Just because an area is dry doesn’t mean ocean waves can’t reach you, so be vigilant. Large unexpected waves, referred to as “Rogue Waves,” often come out of nowhere, causing injury or death. 

• Never turn your back to the ocean. Always keep a watchful eye for ocean swells.

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