Woman Rescued Near Sacramento after Tumble Down Slick Bluff

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Fire crews were able to bring the woman to safety after she had rolled onto a ledge over the American River. (Courtesy: Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District)

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ORANGEVALE — A woman was rescued from a slippery spot on a steep bluff along the American River in suburban Sacramento after tumbling about 70 feet onto a ledge a few feet above the frigid waters.

The woman, who had overdosed, was discovered after a ping was sent to her phone.(Courtesy: Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District)
The woman was discovered after crews sent a ping to her cellphone and it set her location at the river. (Courtesy: Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District)

The Sacramento Bee reports Monday that the 46-year-old woman was hoisted up the bluff by Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District firefighters who tied one end of a rope to an ambulance and hauled her up the slope.

What brought her to the slippery bluff was not immediately known.

The incident began about 10:30 p.m. Sunday when crews were dispatched to a home in nearby Fair Oaks for an overdose report. However, when firefighters and Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies arrived, the overdose patient was gone. She was later located on the bluffs and transported to a hospital. Her name was not released.


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