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    Unhappy Hawaii FF injured

    HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A Big Island fire rescue worker was
    seriously injured Wednesday during a search for three missing
    hunters who later walked out of a forest on their own.
    Brent Matsuda, 41, was reported in critical but stable condition
    at Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu.
    Capt. Raymond Rowe of the Waiakea fire station said Matsuda was
    a member of one of five search teams that were deployed throughout
    the forest area east of Captains Trail in the Glenwood area.
    He was injured when he fell about 100 feet through a lava tube.
    He was taken by helicopter to Hilo Medical Center and then
    transferred to Queens.
    The area where Matsuda fell is heavily forested with thick
    underbrush and numerous lava tubes, Rowe said.
    The three hunters walked out of the forest on their own at Eden
    Roc subdivision and did not need medical attention.
    They were identified as Joseph Ferreira and Lester and Lito
    Bustamante.

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    Arrow Update

    HONOLULU (AP) - The condition of a Big Island firefighter has
    stabilized but he remains in critical condition at Queen's Medical
    Center after being injured in a search-and-rescue mission.
    Fire Rescue Specialist Brent Matsuda, 41, suffered head, rib,
    pelvis and internal injuries when he fell 100 feet into a lava
    tube. He was with several teams looking for three missing hunters
    in the forest area east of Captain's Trail near Glenwood.
    The hunters later walked out of the forest on their own.
    Matsuda's brother, Glenn, said in a written statement that the
    firefighter is "doing quite well considering his injuries," but
    is not "out of the woods yet."

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    Good luck Brent....You're on the way back!

    (Honolulu-AP) -- A Big Island firefighter who was critically
    injured last week after falling 100 feet into a lava tube says he's
    eager to get back to work.
    Brent Matsuda suffered head, rib, pelvis and internal injuries
    when he fell September 11th. He was with several teams looking for
    three missing hunters in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The
    hunters later walked out of the forest on their own.
    From his bed at Queen's Medical Center, Matsuda said he's
    grateful to be alive.
    Big Island Fire Chief Darryl Oliveira says Matsuda's excellent
    physical condition probably saved his life.
    Matsuda was upgraded to fair condition over the weekend and is
    improving everyday. He is expected to remain hospitalized for two
    more weeks before he begins rehabilitation.

    (Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press
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