Woman rescued after falling 30 feet onto rocks, suffering fractures to arms and legs
BROOKINGS, Ore. - A woman fell 30 feet from a cliff at Chetco Point and suffered "severe injuries" Thursday afternoon, the Curry County Sheriff's Office said.
The situation started just before 2 p.m. with a 911 call reporting the fall.
The sheriff said Marina Vanhoy of Smith River, Calif., was exploring the area with freiends when she fell and landed on the rocks below.
"She sustained several fractures to her arms and legs, making it impossible for her to climb back out of the area," the sheriff said in a report.
Firefighters and police reached Vanhoy to provide first aid. Once stabilized, they began to carry her back up slope.
But the police and fire officials on scene decided to call the Curry County Search and Rescue Rope Team "due to the technical difficulties of getting Vanhoy safely off the steep rock ridge," the sheriff's office said.
The Coast Guard also responded with a ground team, who told rescuers it might be tood windy for a helicopter to assist in the rescue.
The county rescue team set up ropes in an attempt to get Vanhoy back down to the beach. The planned called for then carrying her to an ambulance.
Then a Coast Guard helicopter arrived and determined they could in fact pull off the rescue.
The helicopter airlifted Vanhoy to the Brookings airport.
From there, she was taken by ambulance to Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City, California.
"The cooperation between all agencies is absolutely impressive when it comes to situations like these," Sheriff John Ward said. "We have a phenomenal working relationship and we rely on each other to get the job done. The quick action and cooperation is always the key to a successful mission. There are no divisions between agencies, only one team working together."