Woman who fell into deep crack at Grand Canyon West rescued by MCSO SAR

MCSO Search and Rescue, along with DPS and Grand Canyon West Fire Department personnel, work to free a woman who fell 50 feet down a crevice.

Courtesy Mohave County Sheriff’s Office

MCSO Search and Rescue, along with DPS and Grand Canyon West Fire Department personnel, work to free a woman who fell 50 feet down a crevice.

GRAND CANYON WEST – Mohave County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue units pulled a woman out of a crevice near the Grand Canyon West Skywalk Tuesday afternoon.

According to a sheriff’s spokeswoman, the Department of Public Service Ranger helicopter called for a rope rescue after a 70-year-old Illinois woman fell into a deep crack about 10 yards from the edge of the canyon.

The victim had fallen about 50 feet and wedged herself during the fall, preventing her from dropping to the bottom. She fell a few more inches every time she took a breath.

Hualapai Nation Fire and EMS personnel initially responded to the scene and called for additional resources. Ten SAR members responded by helicopter from Kingman while additional SAR members drove to the scene.

SAR crews and firefighters set up a rope system and a SAR member was lowered down. The woman was hoisted to safety and sustained several cuts, scratches and bruises.

She was airlifted to the University Medical Center in Las Vegas.