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Girl struck by falling rock near Camp Erdman

MOKULEIA (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 12-year-old girl is in critical condition at the Queen's Medical Center after being hit by a falling rock on Oahu's North Shore. She was getting ready to take part in a rock climbing activity for a YMCA summer camp, according to authorities.

The victim was with roughly 12-15 other pre-teens, as well as YMCA staffers, at about 10:30 a.m. on Monday. Fire officials said they were on a trail about 1/4 mile away from Camp Erdman in Mokuleia. The group hiked for 30 minutes to the base of a climbing wall. It's a cliff feature near the Kaena Point side of Camp Erdman. During a safety briefing, a rock fell and struck the girl on the head leaving her unconscious, according to authorities.

"They estimated it at 25 pounds and it probably had a fall of between 15 to 20 feet," said Capt. Howard Naone of the Honolulu Fire Department. "We had to insert a rescue team and get her packaged and transported her to a landing zone and then we had her transported to the hospital."

Fire officials said the victim was not wearing a helmet. According to the Department of Land and Natural Resources, a rope may have broken loose causing some rocks to fall. Investigators are still reviewing the information, but this may have happened in an unsanctioned climbing area on state land.

The YMCA of Honolulu released this statement:

A YMCA summer camp participant was injured at Camp Erdman while participating in a scheduled activity. We do not have all the details confirmed at this time, nor can we release the participant's name or age due to confidentiality policies regarding a minor. We are in contact with the family and our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

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