Rescue workers said the area where Patricia Rabellizsa fell made getting to her quickly nearly impossible. "Where the ziplines are, they go through the gulches, so it made it kinda difficult."
Maui fire captain Lionel Montalvo told Hawaii News Now, “where the body was, where the lady fell, we couldn't access it with the helicopters, so they had to carry her off to the side." Montalvo confirmed Rabellizsa was dead by the time emergency personnel got there.
Rabellizsa had only moved to Hawaii a few months before and began her work with the Piiholo Ranch Zipline.
KHON2 reports officials in Hawaii discussed placing regulations on ziplines a few years ago, but the push was tabled after no "harm or abusive practices" in the zip line business were discovered.
The man who introduced the bill, state Rep. Mark Nakashima, told the station this may be “what it takes to get interest from the legislature."
The owners of the Piiholo Ranch Zipline says they follow stringent safety guidelines and do “major inspections" two times every year.