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Crews airlift 3 hikers trapped by high water on Maui trail

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HANA, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Rescue crews on Maui had to airlift three hikers stranded by high water on the Commando Trail on Monday afternoon.

According to the Maui Fire Department, a 27-year-old Makawao man was hiking with his friends – a 32-year-old man and 38-year-old woman -- from Laguna Beach, Calif. The hikers were about 2 miles up the trail when high waters trapped them at an area known as the “lava tube,” an area where the only way out is to walk through an irrigation tunnel. However, the stream water was too high and moving too quickly.

Crews arrived at around 2:30 p.m. where they airlifted the hikers to a landing zone in a pasture near the trailhead.

None of the hikers were injured.

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