Woman Injured in Fall Off Trail, Lifted From Ravine by Helicopter

September 4, 2018 Updated: September 4, 2018

A woman suffered moderate injuries on the morning of Sept. 2, when she fell about 40 feet from a Mount Tamalpais trail into a creek in Marin County, the California Highway Patrol said.

The woman, in her 40s, was located by a CHP aircrew in a helicopter, and by Marin County firefighters. A paramedic was lowered down to the woman in the creek using a helicopter.

The woman and the paramedic were then hoisted out of the ravine and flown to a waiting Marin County ambulance, said CHP Flight Officer-Paramedic Shaun Bouyea.

The helicopter rescue was necessary, the CHP said, because, given her remote location down a ravine, setting up a rope system to lift her to the trail would likely have taken hours.

The woman was being treated on the afternoon of Sept. 2, at a local hospital for undisclosed moderate injuries, Bouyea said.

The woman and some friends were hiking at about 10:40 a.m. on Sept. 2, on the Cataract Trail near Cataract Falls, about 2.5 miles north of Stinson Beach and four miles northwest of Muir Woods National Monument, when she fell off the trail and down into the creek.

By Sam Richards

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