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Hiker survives 150-foot fall near Kauai waterfall

An 18-year-old Oahu woman survived a 150-foot fall with only cuts and bruises while hiking near Wailua Falls, the Kauai Fire Department said today.

The woman, an exchange student, was hiking on an unestablished trail when she fell at about 12:25 p.m. Tuesday, the fire department said in a news release.

Rescue workers initially couldn’t locate the woman in the forest reserve. The man who called for help after seeing the woman fall, hiked with rescuers down the trail to the woman on the Lihue side of the river.

Firefighters picked her up in a helicopter and flew her to a nearby landing zone, and paramedics took her to Wilcox Hospital for treatment of minor scrapes and abrasions.

Police closed part of Maalo Road between mile-marker 3 and the end of the road for about an hour for the rescue.

Police, firefighters, and personnel from the state Department of Land and Natural Resources responded to the incident.

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