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Update: Woman fined following bluff rescue

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) UPDATE--The women rescued from Grandad Bluff Wednesday morning was cited for hiking in a restricted area, a violation of a city ordinance. The fine is $303.

The La Crosse Police and Fire Departments responded to Grandad Bluff after a 22-year-old women called 911 to say she'd fallen during a hike, just after 7 Wednesday morning.

"We had a call come in that a female hiker had broken her leg on a trail on Grandad Bluff, we took it a little more serious than that because usually on the bluff if you're on a trail you're quite a ways off the road," said Captain Frank Devine with the La Crosse Fire Department. "So we initiated our technical rescue team to respond."

Police say the woman was hiking alone in a restricted area when she fell about 45 feet and then she slid another 50 feet. Luckily she had a phone with her and could help rescuers pinpoint her location otherwise the situation could have been much worse.

"It is a very rugged remote, dangerous area, where they're at up there," said Sgt. Randy Rank with the La Crosse Police Department.

The Technical Rescue Team and paramedics were able to hike down a trail to get to the woman.

"We determined the extent of her injuries was quite severe," Devine said. "We came in with another crew from above and stabilized her."

Once crews stabilized the women they brought her down the face of the bluff, crews with chain saws down trees in their path.

"Brought her down what we call a slope evac," Devine said. "It's a rope rescue system we use to lower someone down the face of the bluff. Even the slope evac was very slick, lots of loose rocks, trees down. It was an extensive operation, probably one of the harder rescues we've done on the bluff."

Devine said about 10 rescue workers assisted in the slope evacuation. The woman was transported to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

It is the second time this summer that the fire department has had to rescue a woman from the bluff.  The Technical Rescue Team had to climb down Grandad Bluff to pull a woman from a rock wall in late June.  She and a man the woman was with were similarly fined as Wednesday's rescue.  

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La Crosse, WISCONSIN (WXOW) UPDATE:The La Crosse Fire Department has rescued a 22-year-old woman from Grandad Bluff.  She is being transported to a local hospital with non life threatening injuries, said Capt. Frank Devine, La Crosse Fire Department.

La Crosse Police Sgt. Randy Rank said the woman appeared to have been hiking in an unauthorized area.

Tri-state Ambulance said she fell 40 to 50 feet and then slid down the bluff another 40 to 50 feet.

She was able to call 911 from her cell phone around 7:20 this morning.

Rank said rescue crews located the woman 45 minutes later.

A La Crosse Technical Rescue Team carried the woman off of the bluff around 9:30 this morning.

Capt. Devine said this was one of the most difficult bluff rescues the Fire Department has done.  Several trees had to be cut down in the process.

We still do not know how the woman fell.

We will continue to follow this story as more information becomes available.

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La Crosse, WISCONSIN (WXOW) UPDATE:The La Crosse Police Department says rescue crews have located the 22-year-old woman who fell from Grandad Bluff and are in the process of carrying her down from the bluff.

Police Sgt. Randy Rank said the woman appeared to have been hiking in an unauthorized area and fell 40 to 45 feet.

She was able to call 911 from her cell phone around 7:20 this morning.

Rank said rescue crews located the woman 45 minutes later.

Rank says the woman appears to have serious injuries.

News 19 is at the scene, and will continue to follow this story as more information becomes available.

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La Crosse, WISCONSIN (WXOW) - Rescue crews are trying to rescue a 22-year-old woman who apparently fell from Grandad Bluff, according to Tri-State Ambulance. 

The incident happened around 7:30 this morning.

Tri-State Ambulance said they were initial told the woman had a broken leg.

Officials say they know the location where the woman is at, and are working to rescue her.

We will continue to follow this story as more information becomes available.

 

 

 

 

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