Man dies after fall from cliff in Pepeekeo


A 23-year-old man died Sunday after falling approximately 80 feet off a cliff in Pepeekeo, according to the Hawaii County Fire Department.

Responding to the 11:24 a.m. call, rescue personnel found the man unresponsive on a rocky beach near the shoreline access off Loa Road. Four of the victim’s friends were on the scene. They reportedly witnessed the man trying to climb down the cliff to the beach and fall, the fire department said.

The man had severe traumatic injuries and was in full cardiac arrest. Emergency Medical Services personnel attempted advanced life support resuscitation while transporting the man to Hilo Medical Center via ambulance, the Fire Department said.