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RED WING, Minn. - A popular hiking spot became a rescue zone Tuesday morning after a woman fell off a trail at Red Wing's Barn Bluff.
Red Wing Fire Department Captain Jim Eppen tells KARE 11 that an adult female was walking on trail on Barn Bluff with two friends just before 10 a.m. when she slipped and slid 50 feet down the bluff.
Eppen says fire department paramedics reached the woman in just 15 minutes by repelling with ropes. They provided immediate first-aid, stabilized her spine and put her in a rescue basket so the State Patrol Helicopter could pluck her off the bluff and carry her to safety.
She was transported to Mayo Hospital in Red Wing for treatment. She was alert the entire time. She never lost consciousness.
The Red Wing Fire Department has been training with the State Patrol Helicopter and St. Paul Firefighters for a year and a half to prepare for such an incident.
"RWFD regularly trains it's Firefighter/Paramedics in rope rescue and that training paid off today," said Captain Eppen. "We were able to get to the victim and set up a safe rescue. One Firefighter/Paramedic received a minor injury due to a falling rock and has declined treatment at this time."
This is not the first time a hiker has encountered trouble on Barn Bluff. In May of 2013 a man who was jogging a bluff trail became disoriented and plunged to his death, and in September of 2011 an elderly hiker fell off a trail and died from her injuries.
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