Teen injured from 40-foot fall at Spitting Caves

Published: Jul. 10, 2016 at 5:36 PM HST|Updated: Jul. 10, 2016 at 10:12 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 14-year-old girl is in serious but stable condition after falling about 40 feet at the Spitting Caves in Hawaii Kai on Sunday.

Emergency Medical Services crew said the girl did not clear the jump and hit the side of the cliff.

A quick-thinking bystander helped the teen, but she suffered a gash to her head and abrasions.

She was airlifted to a trauma center shortly after EMS crews responded to calls that came in around 1:00 p.m.

Ocean Safety officials stress the teen was "very lucky" to not have suffered more serious injuries.

Meanwhile, at around 4:10 p.m. Sunday, rescue crews were called to Spitting Caves again regarding a 20-year-old male swimmer in distress.

The man did not need medical attention, EMS said, but that it's yet another reminder that jumping from Spitting Caves or other popular jump sites where high risks are involved is discouraged.

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