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Woman airlifted to safety after falling off cliff

Mar 25 2012

A 22-year-old woman who had fallen off a cliff near Sooke was airlifted to safety and rushed to Victoria General Hospital Saturday night.

The woman suffered a broken leg and hypothermia and other non life-threatening injuries.

At about 7:15 p.m. Saturday evening, B.C. Ambulance called the Victoria Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre for assistance. The crews of Canadian Coast Guard ship Bartlett and a Cormorant helicopter from Comox responded.

A young woman whom had fallen approximately 30-40 feet down a cliff and was trapped on Sombrio’s cobble beach, about 45 kilometres west of downtown Sooke.

The victim could not be reached by land. She was with friends at the time of the accident.

The coast guard approached via the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

The Bartlett crew packaged the woman up in a stretcher and the Cormorant crew hoisted her back to safety.

ceharnett@timescolonist.com