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Fort Wayne man killed by falling rock in Hawaii

KIPAHULU, Maui (WANE) - A Fort Wayne man was killed in Hawaii over the weekend when he was struck by a falling rock near a waterfall.

Emergency crews were called around 6:20 p.m. Saturday to the Waimoku Falls in the Kipahulu District of Haleakala National Park in East Maui. According to a news release from the Maui Fire Department, a man said his friend had been struck in the head by a large rock near the base of a waterfall at Ohea Gulch.

Firefighters arrived and hiked to the scene. Along the route, two women who were hiking with the men said the man was not breathing and did not have a pulse despite CPR efforts, the release said.

The women also said more rocks fell after the first one struck the man, according to the release.

Responders determined it was unsafe to recover the man at night with the still falling rocks and crews escorted the victim's group back to the park visitor center around 9:45 p.m. Saturday.

Firefighters and Haleakala National Park rangers found the victim at around 8:30 a.m. Sunday, dead from "massive head trauma" at the bottom of a 200 foot waterfall. The 34-year-old's body was airlifted from the scene by helicopter, the release said.

Officials said the Fort Wayne man had hiked to the waterfall Saturday with a 30-year-old female companion from Indiana and a man and woman from Wailuku, Hawaii. The friends were sitting near the waterfall when the victim was struck by the falling rock, the release said.

The victim was not identified.


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