Residents call for new rules after recent rescues at Spitting Caves

Residents call for new rules after recent rescues at spitting caves
Published: Jul. 12, 2016 at 2:19 AM HST|Updated: Jul. 12, 2016 at 8:28 AM HST
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PORTLOCK, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A notorius cliff jump on Oahu's eastside has nearby residents calling for new rules.

"Over the past three years since we've been doing construction on this home, we've seen 911 calls at least twice a week," said Portlock resident Mike Miske.

Miske gets a front row seat to all the rescues that happen at Spitting Caves, when a jump goes wrong.

On Sunday, Miske witnessed three people run into trouble including a 14 year old girl who hit her head on the side of the cliff after a jump. Emergency officials say she was airlifted to a hospital in serious condition.

"We warned her not to jump and she still jumped," said Miske.

"It's pretty dangerous when you don't know what you're doing," Pamela Lansberry said, another Portlock resident.

Lansberry says she had to call 911 in the past, after spotting cliff-jumpers in distress. "It was really scary because nobody was out there to get them."

"I've had co-workers go down and help people out of the water and throw their boogie board out on the water," said Miske.

For some residents, it's getting out of hand. They want to close off the trail that leads down to spitting caves.

"I know everyone should have access to the water, however this is not a shoreline, this is a cliff's edge," Miske said.

The idea isn't sitting too well with regular visitors who come to the area simply to enjoy the view.

"I do understand the concern, but it seems like it's an all or nothing proposition," said Kevin Cory.

"It's unfortunate that some people are careless and mess it up for everyone else," Frank Silva said. "Everyone should be able to appreciate this any day."

Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Boards tells Hawaii News Now there are no current plans in place to restrict the area.

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