UPDATED: Fort Wayne man killed in Maui by falling rock
A Fort Wayne man was killed Saturday after being struck in the head by a large rock while hiking in Maui, according to County of Maui’s fire chief.
The man was identified in a news media as Greg Miller, 34, who died at around 6:21 p.m. Saturday near Waimoku Falls.
According to the news release from Edward Taomoto, County of Maui’s fire chief, the following occurred:
Miller had hiked to a waterfall Saturday with a 30-year-old female companion, also from Indiana, and a 28-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man, both Wailuku residents.
The friends were sitting by a waterfall near Waimoku Falls off the main Pipiwai Trai when Miller was struck by the falling rock.
The other man called emergency dispatchers while the two women stayed with Miller.
At 6:50 p.m., Hana firefighters arrived and drove with the caller to a service road then began the hike toward Miller near the top of the Pipiwai Trail.
On the way up firefighters met the two women hiking down the trail, who said Miller had suffered head trauma, was not breathing and did not have a pulse despite their CPR efforts. They also said rocks had continued to fall after the initial rock struck Miller.
Responders determined it was unsafe to retrieve Miller at night so crews escorted the three hikers back to the park visitor center and left the scene at 9:45 p.m. Saturday.
Firefighters and Haleakala National Park rangers found Miller’s body at around 8:30 a.m. Sunday at the bottom of a 200-foot waterfall. His body was airlifted out with the fire department’s Air-1 helicopter to a landing zone near the park’s visitor center.
Firefighters and police officers in Hana, and a rescue crew from Kahului assisted Haleakala National Park rangers in the incident.