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Woman thankful to be alive after falling 60 ft. off popular Oahu trail

PALOLO, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The Ka'au Crater trail has been a treacherous spot for hikers the past two weekends. Today a 46 year old woman had to be airlifted out with a leg injury. Last week a 23 woman died when she fell off a cliff and just two days ago another woman fell sixty feet but managed to escape without a scratch.

Marissa Peone is a college student from New York studying in Hawaii for a semester. She's trying to cram as much in as possible in that time but never thought a brush with death would be part of the experience.

Marissa Peone, 19, has a carefree spirit. Pictures show her smiling and happy Saturday morning as she and a friend were hiking up the Ka'au Crater trail in Palolo Valley, but as they reached the first waterfall those smiles slipped away along with her footing.

"I was wearing Nike sneakers, hit it the wrong way and just went off," said Peone.

"Just as I was climbing up she was going to look over towards the edge. I just looked over to her and saw her slip," said Bec Jackson, friend and hiker with Peone.

"The first thought when I slipped was I thought I was dead. I thought I was dead and I thought of my family back home and I didn't think I was going to wake up from that fall," said Peone.

"I thought she was gone," said Jackson.

Peone had fallen some sixty feet down to a rocky creek. It's the same trail where 23 year old Kaitlan Prugger fell to her death exactly a week earlier.

"Words cannot explain how lucky I feel right now. I just keep imagining myself falling off and dying," said Peone.

Not only was she well enough to give the shaka from her hospital bed but she was released just a few hours later with just a bruise on her behind.

"It really puts life in perspective for you," said Peone.

Now she is relaxing on the beach soaking in her second chance at life.

"The fact I scared my parents that bad, and they're so far away from be right now, I don't want to do that to them again. I don't want to do it to myself again," said Peone. "Someone was looking out for me because I shouldn't be here right now."

The women say they researched the hike but didn't see anything that said how dangerous it is. They want people to know it is not a hike for novices.

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