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Teen falls from rocks near Makapu'u Lighthouse

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MAKAPUU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A 17-year-old boy was airlifted from the cliffs beneath the Makapu'u Lighthouse on Monday afternoon after he fell from a ledge while hiking with a group of friends, according to the Honolulu Fire Department.

Honolulu Fire Department spokesperson Capt. Terry Seelig says a group of teenagers were walking out to the tide pools along the base of the cliff when the boy slipped and fell about six feet from a ledge. He reportedly suffered injuries to the back of his head.

The boy was airlifted from the cliffs to an area near Sea Life Park, and was then transported to a local hospital in stable condition.

The accident happened in a dangerous area where "there is no trail," according to Seelig.

"It's not actually a sanctioned area. It's obvious that it has a lot of danger and hazards there."

Initial reports from Makapu'u that the boy had fallen more than a hundred feet were proven false in this case, but those who venture out onto the cliffs near the lighthouse should tread carefully.

"It's an unfortunate situation that happily ended without severe tragedy, but it could have been a lot worse," said Seelig. "We just want other people to realize that it isn't as safe as it might look. Even though it's an inviting excursion, sticking to the beach and to the sanctioned hiking trails is the best advice."

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