Zipline Tour Guide from California Dies After Falling 150 Feet in Maui

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    A 29-year-old woman from Santa Rosa died Thursday after falling nearly 150 feet into a ravine in Maui. Monte Francis reports. (Published Friday, May 2, 2014)

    A 29-year-old woman from Santa Rosa, Calif. died Thursday after falling nearly 150 feet into a ravine in Hawaii.

    Patricia Rabellizsa was working as a zipline tour guide during the fatal fall, officials said.

    Maui officials said the accident occurred shortly before 10 a.m.

    Emergency crews had a difficult time trying to get to Rabellizsa due to difficult terrain, vegetation and tree cover, according to officials. Firefighters were able to hike to the woman, who was then airlifted back up to a ridge.

    The Pi'iholo Zipline company Rabellizsa worked for issued the following statement:

    The Piiholo Zipline Ohana expresses its condolences and sympathy to those involved in today's tragic event. We especially offer our deepest aloha and prayers to the family and friends of our co-worker Patricia "Trish" Rabellizsa at this difficult time. We are working in full cooperation with the Maui Police Department's ongoing investigation.

     Maui police are investigating the incident.