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Woman recovering after falling 50 feet off trail, cliff

A California woman is recovering after falling 50 feet down a steep embankment and a 15-foot cliff off a trail in the Iao Valley.

Maui County firefighters said in a news release Friday, that the 21-year-old woman was knocked unconcious for about 30 minutes after the fall at about 3:25 p.m. Thursday.

Thick forest prevented the Fire Department helicopter from reaching the woman Thursday afternoon.

Firefighters rappelled down to the woman and found her conscious, sitting on a rock with a hiking companion.

Firefighters treated her for head injuries and secured her in a rescue basket.

Rescue crews set up a rope system so they could pull her up to Iao Valley Road, where paramedics took the woman to Maui Memorial Medical Center in stable condition at 5:38 p.m.

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