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Kahului man escapes serious injury after being swept off rocks by wave

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HANA, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

An 18-year-old man from Kahului escaped serious injury after being swept into waters off Kailua on Saturday.

Just after 3 p.m. Paia firefighters were called to the scene near the "Puka Maui" trail where the man was hiking with seven other friends.

As the group was taking in the ocean scenery, an unexpected wave swept the Kahului man into the water.

After being sucked out to sea, the man swam over to the next bay where his friends were unable to rescue him due to the steep terrain.

Air 1 was called in and the man was airlifted to a landing zone set up on Hana Highway.

Fortunately, the man only suffered minor bumps and scrapes; he declined paramedic services.

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