Maui police identify cause of deadly zipline accident

Piiholo Ranch Zipline

The Maui Police Dept. released Tuesday the results of an investigation into a deadly zipline accident at Piiholo Ranch Zipline in Makawao.

On Thursday, May 1, authorities say an employee, Patricia “Trish” Rabellizsa, 29, was working the platform as a zipliner entered the landing platform at a high rate of speed.

The zipliner struck the springs at the end of the line, which propelled her back, according to police.

Authorities say Rabellizsa grabbed onto the zipliner to prevent her from going back down the line, but the momentum took them both back onto the line.

Witnesses reported Rabellizsa hung onto the zipliner for a few minutes, then lost her grip and fell into the gulch below.

She was not secured to the landing platform with any type of safety harness, police said.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident.

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