Firefighters rescue man after 35-foot cliff dive in Nuuanu

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A day of cliff diving at Kapena Falls resulted in a rescue effort for three UH Manoa students after a serious injury.

Firefighters say the 24-year-old male fell off a 35-foot cliff at the Nuuanu hiking trail Saturday.

The call came in 11:40 a.m.

A friend and fellow UH student Logan Spencer says they cliff dive all the time, but after attempting a multiple-back-flip jump off the cliff, he suddenly had to dive in to save his friend.

“He jumped off and he just didn’t clear the ledge far enough and he hit his head,” Spencer said. “It was adrenaline for me at the time because I didn’t see him come out of the water so I used as much energy as i could to get him out and get to the side. He couldn’t really get up because he was dizzy. He’d been concussed pretty badly.”

Another friend Kiana Bowman then called 911.

But when the first responders arrived, they realized they needed some extra help.

“It’s tough enough without the rain it’s approximately about a 35-foot incline at about a 45-degree angle with the weather and the slipperiness it becomes a lot more difficult and that’s why we had to call for a rescue company to assist with extrication,” said Capt. Michael Chun of the Honolulu Fire Department.

KHON2 was told the rescue went smoothly, and the victim was taken to Queens Medical Center in serious condition.

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