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Fire Chief recounts cliff rescue efforts

Last Saturday, the rescue of a 32-year-old woman who fell off a cliff at Peninsula State Park required a coordinated effort that is rarely seen in the area.  Gibraltar Fire Chief Andy Bertges says the rescue involved over a dozen agencies, including ten local volunteer fire departments, Door County Emergency Medical Services, the Wisconsin DNR, the Door County Sheriff’s Department, Peninsula Park State Service, and the Theda Star helicopter.  Bertges shares the challenge of a rope rescue that required lowering the injured hiker off a ledge on the bluff down some 40 feet from where she had fallen.



The rope rescue took a little over two and one-half hours and required hauling lighting and rescue equipment nearly one mile from the staging area in the park.  The woman was taken from the shoreline by a DNR boat to the Nicolet Boat Launch and subsequently taken by ambulance to the local airport and flown to a Green Bay Hospital.  The name of the woman and her condition has not been released.


(photo courtesy of Gibraltar Fire & Rescue)

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