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Updated: Hiker Falls at Eaton Canyon, Airlifted to Hospital

A woman was airlifted to the hospital after slipping and falling at Eaton Canyon on Monday evening.

A 25-year-old woman was "lucky to be alive" today after she lost her footing and fell from the waterfalls at Eaton Canyon Monday, authorities said.

Firefighters and a sheriff's search-and-rescue team were called to Eaton Canyon at 6 p.m., said Capt. Mark Savage of the county fire department.

Savage said the initial report was that the woman had fallen 100 feet. Later, he said that the woman may have slid down the cliff for the first 75 feet and then went into a freefall for the last 25 feet.

"She landed on flat ground between two boulders. If she had hit the boulders, it would have been very bad,'" Savage said.  "As it is, she's lucky to be alive."'

Savage said that her injuries appeared to be moderate when she was taken to a trauma center for evaluation and treatment.

"We hope she escaped any serious injuries," he said. The woman was hiking with three others when she lost her footing.

Lisa Hastings June 07, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Yes! What a great idea!
Benjamin Pelletier June 20, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Dan, there is (or, at least, was a few months ago) a sign perhaps 100' past the cutoff, but before the difficult section of the waterfall bypass. It reads: "DANGER This is not an approved trail. Many deaths and injuries requiring rescue have occurred while bypassing the waterfall this way. Be sure to have the necessary skills and equipment before entering any dangerous wilderness area such as this."
rebel mamma June 20, 2012 at 05:45 AM
Benjamin, I hiked up there last Sunday and didn't go all the way to the falls but almost and there was no sign.
Benjamin Pelletier June 25, 2012 at 05:35 PM
rebel & Dan, I hiked past the falls on Saturday (6/23) and the sign has been removed. A pity; perhaps someone will put up a new one. If anyone is interested, I have pictures of the old sign.
rebel mamma June 25, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Thanks Benjamin, that is kinda strange/crazy.

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