Hiker rescued from Grand Canyon after fall

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. -- A 68-year-old woman was rescued from the Grand Canyon Monday after she slipped off a trail and landed near a cliff edge.

According to the Coconino County Sheriff's Office, the Tucson woman was hiking the Clear Creek Trail with two friends around 7 p.m. Sunday when she fell.

She landed with her head down slope, about three feet from a cliff edge which drops 80 feet to a creek bed below. When she attempted to recover, she slid further toward the edge due to loose soil and rocks.

The woman's two friends activated a satellite emergency notification device, and a National Park Service ranger responded.

According to the sheriff's office, the ranger hiked for six hours from Phantom Ranch and reached the woman around 3 a.m. She had a fractured ankle.

Due to the unstable ground, the ranger requested the sheriff's search and rescue team and an Arizona Department of Public Safety rescue helicopter.

The DPS helicopter flew two heli-rescue members, one from the sheriff's office and another from the Flagstaff Fire Department, into the canyon.

They landed about a mile from the woman's location, hiked to an area where they could secure ropes, and rappelled down to her. The rescuers secured the woman in a harness and flew her out of the canyon.

She was flown to a heli-base at the South Rim and transported to the Grand Canyon Clinic by ground ambulance.

She was treated for her ankle injury and hypothermia. The sheriff's office said she has been released.