Hiker Rescued After Falling Down 75-Foot Cliff

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By James Lynch

TACOMA, Washington (KCPQ) — A woman is recovering in a Tacoma-area hospital after she slipped and fell about 75 feet down a steep cliff Tuesday afternoon at Point Defiance Park.

Rescue teams from the Tacoma Fire Department arrived on the scene at 2:50 p.m. They found the woman had fallen while hiking the park to find views of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.

Tacoma Fire Department’s technical rescue team assembled to conduct a high-angle rope rescue. Three firefighters used an intricate pulley system to repel down, evaluate the patient and then hoist her back up to safety.

Joe Meinecke of the Tacoma Fire Department said the woman was injured but communicative once rescued.

“The patient is stable and communicative with us,” Meinecke said. “We’re not allowed to disclose the specifics about her potential injuries but so far things seem to be going alright.”

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