Hiker recovering from severe injuries after 300-foot fall
Bryant was hiking on non-sanctioned trail near Nuuanu Pali Lookout
A Mililani woman was fighting for her life on Wednesday after plunging 300 feet down a mountain near the Nuuanu Pali Lookout.
Agnes Bryant was hospitalized in extremely critical condition. She was hiking with two friends at around 10:15 a.m. when she tried to navigate around a boulder when the ground gave way.
Laredo Muredo, 67, and Marvin Chandra, 25, who occasionally climb with Bryant, were with her when she fell.
They looked down the face of the mountain and waited for a sign of life.
"Ten minutes later we heard, 'Help! Help! We were so stoked!" said Muredo.
In a dangerous and dramatic rescue, Honolulu firefighters rappelled down the mountain airlifting Bryant to safety three hours after the 911 call.
"It's so dangerous we can't even train for this, put our lives in jeopardy," said Capt. James Todd of the Honolulu Fire Department.
The Pali Notches to Konahuanui K1 trail is considered one of the most dangerous non-sanctioned trails on Oahu.
"It's probably one of the of four or five most dangerous on the island. It's really sketchy," said Muredo. KITV4 reporter Kenny Choi asked, "She knew that going into it?" Muredo responded, "Oh yeah. She's done equally as sketchy one before."
"It's easy to start going up the hill, mountain climbing, but once you get to a certain point it's harder to come down and then they get stuck," said Capt. Todd.
A friend of Bryant said she is conscious and talking. She has severe injuries but he says she is not paralyzed.
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