Aug. 5 - St. Paul firefighters over an hour rescuing a woman who fell close to 30 feet down a Mississippi River bluff in Highland Park Sunday night.
Units were dispatched for a rope rescue shortly after 10 p.m. in South Mississippi River Boulevard and Highland Parkway.
The woman stumbled while waking on a path just below the roadway when. She tumbled 30 feet down the cliff, in an area covered with dense brush and trees.
One firefighter from Squad 3 donned a harness system and descended the bluff to access the patient. A second rescuer was tethered to a tree at the top of the hill before making their way down.
Firefighters set up Ladder 20′s aerial ladder over the scene to illuminate the scene and later serve as an anchor system. Others used saws to cut a swath through the brush.
While cutting trees, dozens of bees came out and stung a number of responders. A St. Paul police officer was sent to get bee spray to mitigate the issue.
A hauling system set up and firefighters worked with police officers to haul the rescue litter up the cliff and bring the woman to safety.
Medic 14 transported the woman to regions with upper torso injuries.
- Assignment: Ladder 20, Squad 3, Medic 14 and Chief 1