Fla. hiker injured in Princeville

Man airlifted from scene in stable condition

Published  6:40 PM HST Dec 30, 2012
PRINCEVILLE, Hawaii -

A man who was injured Sunday while hiking in a rocky area in Princeville was transported to Wilcox Memorial Hospital for treatment, according to Kauai officials.

Personnel from the Hanalei Fire Station responded to the 10:59 a.m. call and located the man, a 25-year-old visitor from Florida, in a remote rocky area below the Pali Ke Kua condominiums.  The man and his wife had reportedly been hiking and taking pictures in a remote area when waves thrust the victim against the rocks.

Rescue personnel determined that the victim was injured and could not be evacuated safely on foot, so a fire department helicopter was called in to airlift him to a landing zone in the vicinity of the condominium complex, where an ambulance transported him to Wilcox.

The victim was reported to be in stable condition at Wilcox Memorial Hospital.

Kauai is under a high surf advisory for north and west facing shores through 6:00 p.m. Monday.    The National Weather Service cautions that dangerous, battering waves will hit the shoreline resulting in dangerous swimming conditions and deadly rip currents.  Current weather information can be found at http://www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl/watchwarn/.

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