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Woman, 70, rescued after falling into deep crack near Grand Canyon Skywalk

Mohave County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Units deploy a rope rescue Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at Grand Canyon West near the Skywalk. (Photo courtesy of Mohave County Sheriff’s Office)

A 70-year-old woman sustained several cuts, scratches and bruises Tuesday afternoon after falling into a deep crack near the Skywalk at Grand Canyon West.

Mohave County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Units were deployed around 12:30 p.m. in connection to a rope rescue, according to an MCSO news release. The victim, an Illinois resident, had fallen approximately 50 feet and had wedged herself during the fall, which prevented her from dropping to the bottom.

Every time the victim would take a deep breath, she would fall a few inches.

Initially, the Hualapai Nation Fire and EMS personnel responded to the scene and then called for additional resources.

Two SAR members flew in the DPS Ranger Helicopter from Kingman to the Skywalk while additional SAR members drove to the scene with additional equipment.

SAR members assisted HNF firefighters with setting up a rope system. An SAR member was lowered to the victim, who was immediately secured with the rope and lifted a few inches to assist her with her breathing.

She was hoisted up to safety and airlifted to UMC in Las Vegas by Mercy Medical Helicopter.

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