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Dramatic Rescue in Makapu'u After A Teen Falls From Cliff

Kai Golden Kai Golden
Whitney Robinson Whitney Robinson
Dr. Sarah Schutte Dr. Sarah Schutte

By: Mari-Ela David

MAKAPU'U (KHNL) - A brutal fall 20 feet down a cliff leaves a teenager in the hospital with serious injuries, and his three friends shaken.

"When I initially saw him fall I thought he was dead but luckily, thank God he's not," says Kai Golden, the hiker's friend.

"He hit his head fell on his head and he landed on the rocks," says another friend, Punahou student Whitney Robinson.

The 16-year-old was hiking on the tide pool side of the Makapu'u trail when he fell. Golden waited with him until paramedics arrived, while Robinson and another friend ran to get help.

"At first I was like, thought maybe he did die and I was like no he can't, this isn't how it's going to go," says Robinson.

And it didn't, thanks to a doctor who just so happened to be hiking in the area with her family.

"Thank God she was there, without her - she was a life saver, literally," says Golden.

"We were going to come this morning, we figured this is why God had us come this afternoon, to help stabilize him," says Dr. Sarah Schutte, an obstetrician at Castle Medical Center in Kailua.

Golden says his friend was having panic attacks after he fell, but the uncanny timing of Dr. Schutte's arrival helped calm him down until firefighters airlifted him to safety.

It's not clear how the teen fell or if he was on a marked trail.

Paramedics took him to Queens Medical Center.

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