Middlesboro native dies after falling off cliff in Hawaii

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HONOLULU, Hawaii (WYMT/HawaiiNewsNow) - A 37-year-old woman from Kentucky died Thursday after falling approximately 45 feet off a cliffside in Hawaii.

The Herald-Leader reports relatives and friends identified the woman as Nicole Redmon Baker, who was originally from Middlesboro and lived in Louisville.

Sister station Hawaii News Now reports firefighters said the incident happened about 11:30 a.m. in an area near Honokohau commonly referred to as “Chutes and Ladders." The area has a steep free climb with a natural pool below.

When they arrived, the woman was unresponsive at the bottom of the cliff and bystanders were performing CPR.

Rescuers airlifted the woman to an area near Kahekili Highway. Despite their efforts, paramedics pronounced the woman dead at the scene.

Baker leaves behind a young daughter. Her husband, Lonnie Baker, died in 2017 at 35 years old. The young mother was a former student at the University of Kentucky and was a physical therapist at Signature Healthcare.

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