Woman rescued after fall in Alum Rock Park

On Tuesday, March 18, 2014, just before 10:00 AM, the San José Fire Department received a report of an injured hiker inside Alum Rock Park. As crews arrived on scene it became apparent that the victim was critically injured requiring immediate medical attention after falling approximately 50 feet from atop Eagle Rock.

Firefighters worked quickly to assemble a team to reach and stabilize the patient. Due to the extent of her injuries and her precarious position high above the closest road a request was made for air support from the California Highway Patrol's H32 copter out of Napa.

Upon reaching the scene the helicopter crew worked with firefighters to short haul the patient to a nearby landing zone where the victim was quickly transferred to a medical helicopter for airlift to a nearby trauma center.

The success of the operation was made possible through the deployment of specialized high-angle rescue equipment used by the San José Fire Department's Urban Search and Rescue Team and the participation of cooperating agencies including the California Highway Patrol, San José Police, and park rangers and employees.

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