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Zipline fatality 09-21-11

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Criminal Investigations Section, Area I
Captain Randall Medeiros 
Phone: 961-2251
Report No. C11024813


Media Release

A Maui man died and an Ohio man was critically injured in a zip line accident Wednesday morning in Paukaʻa.

Both men were employed by a Maui company that builds and maintains zip lines. They had just made an adjustment to the line and were in the process of testing it.

The 36-year-old Maui man had traveled about halfway across the 2,300-foot span when a tower collapsed and he fell approximately 200 feet to his death.

The 35-year-old Ohio man, who was standing on the tower, fell about 30 feet. He was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition with multiple internal injuries.

The name of the man who died is being withheld pending notification of his family. An autopsy has been ordered to determine his exact cause of death.