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Rescue After Woman Falls Down 300 Foot High Sand Dune in Michigan

August 5 2004 at 10:40 PM
roger  (Login dipper)

Response to August 2004 Accidents/Rescues


Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (MI)
Dune Rescue

On Monday, July 26th, the park received a report that a visitor had fallen at the Log Slide, which is a popular visitor attraction consisting of a 300 foot high sand dune with a 600 foot slope. Rangers responded along with the Michigan State Police and local fire and rescue units. They found that a 65-year-old woman had lost her balance while climbing down the dune and had tumbled about 100 feet down its face. Rescuers belayed a litter 500 feet down the dune slope, then immobilized and prepared the woman for evacuation. She was lowered another 100 feet to the Lake Superior shoreline, then placed in an NPS patrol boat, conveyed to a waiting ambulance in Grand Marais, and taken to a hospital in Marquette. Although she had good neurological function in all extremities throughout the entire extrication and transport, she was admitted to the hospital with a cervical spine fracture.[Submitted by John Patmore, Supervisory Park Ranger]

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