Woman rescued from steep American River bluff
A woman was rescued Sunday night from a steep bluff in Orangevale along the American River.
The 46-year-old woman was rescued by Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District firefighters who tied one end of a rope to an ambulance and hoisted her up the slope.
Crews were dispatched about 10:30 p.m. to a home in nearby Fair Oaks for an overdose report. However, when medics and Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies arrived, the patient was gone.
After searching the neighborhood, they pinpointed her location using technology to receive a ping response from her cellphone. She was shown to be in the bluffs on the north side of the American River near Hazel Avenue.
The Orangevale bluffs have been the site of numerous rescues as adventurers and drunken revelers have found themselves unable to ascend or descend the steep hillside.
The California Highway Patrol used infrared technology to see the woman, who appeared to have rolled 70 feet before coming to a stop on the ledge, just a few feet above the cold river.
She did not respond to officers. Metro Fire rescuers, aided by Folsom Fire Department firefighters, began the rescue using an ambulance as a rope anchor.
Once the rope was tied down, two rescuers were lowered to the woman. They placed her on a stretcher to haul her up the slope and took her to a hospital.