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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) —

Officials say a woman hiking above Upper Yosemite Fall in Yosemite National Park this weekend survived a nearly 25-feet plunge, landing on a granite slab and suffering a major pelvic injury that prevented her from walking.

Authorities tell the San Francisco Chronicle a park service rescue team responded Saturday afternoon to the woman, identified as a 28-year-old from the Netherlands. The woman was about 100 yards from the trail and just above where Yosemite Creek drops 1,400 feet.

The California Highway Patrol says the visitor was taken by helicopter to Ahwahnee Meadow, where an ambulance drove her to a hospital outside the park.

She was initially described as conscious and alert but thought to have suffered a fractured pelvis.

How the woman fell and what she had been doing at the time were not immediately clear.

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