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Search continues for woman swept away in a Big Island river

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HILO, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The search continues for a woman swept away in waters nears Piihonua Falls Friday.

The Hawaii Fire Department says a man and a woman in her 20s hiked above the falls and attempted to cross the Wailuku River when they were swept downstream by quickly rising waters.

The man made it to the riverbank, but he lost contact with the woman.

"It was clearly raining hard up mauka and the river filled to capacity very quickly, especially with all the recent rains we've had, the grounds were not able to absorb much additional water," Hawaii County Fire Department Batt. Chief Matthias Kusch said. "I think those were the conditions that resulted in this search right now."

Rescue crews searched for the woman along the riverbank from Piihonua Bridge to Boiling Pots. Crews were unable to search in the water because of high flood waters.

The search was temporarily suspended at 7:30 p.m. and resumed Saturday morning.

This story is developing and will be updated.

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