Woman seriously injured in fall from Mount Bonnell

First responders at Mount Bonnell after a woman was seriously injured in a fall. Nov. 3, 2016 (KXAN Photo)
First responders at Mount Bonnell after a woman was seriously injured in a fall. Nov. 3, 2016 (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A woman who fell 50 feet from Mount Bonnell has been rescued by helicopter.

Austin-Travis County EMS say the woman, in her 40s, was in verbal contact with emergency crews before being rescued. EMS and Austin firefighters were called to the scene at 7:13 p.m. Thursday.

Medics say the woman has potentially serious injuries from the fall. She was taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge.

Palmer Buck, division chief in the Austin Fire Department, said it’s a good indicator the woman was talking and responsive to rescuers. “In the middle of a rainstorm, a pitch black night, they were able to anchor the ropes, rappel down, locate the victim in about 5 minutes, secure her while she was hanging upside down, treat her and then get her up to the helicopter and off to the hospital in less than 35 minutes.”

Chief Buck said while Mount Bonnell is a beautiful place to visit, you have to respect where you are and use common sense.

In August, a man was trying to retrieve personal items when he fell over the edge of Mount Bonnell and died. “We don’t know exactly what happened here, but obviously you should stay behind the rail,” Austin-Travis County EMS District Commander Walter Branning, said at the time.

In May, a man was rescued after falling over the cliff. STAR Flight successfully hoisted the man, who survived his injuries.

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