Woman falls 164 feet and survives

Feb. 6, 2010 at 3:22 PM
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TOOWOOMBA, Australia, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Emergency officials in the Australian state of Queensland said Saturday a tree saved the life of a 26-year-old woman who fell nearly 164 feet.

Queensland Emergency Services said the woman, whose identity was not released, was found seriously injured but alive after falling down the side of Table Top Mountain near Toowoomba, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

Stephen Johns of the Queensland ambulance service said the woman was in serious but stable condition with injuries to her ankle, chest, head and spine.

Johns said the woman was airlifted to a hospital for medical treatment following Saturday's fall. A 26-year-old man who had been traveling with the woman was also taken to the hospital for treatment for heat exhaustion.

"We were able to move the patient to an area that was a little clearer than (where) she was, where the Rescue 500 helicopter was able to facilitate a winching exercise and remove the patient in that manner," he told ABC.

Specific details of how the tree saved the woman's life were not reported.

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