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Woman airlifted to safety after falling off cliff

Mar 26 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, hypothermia and other non-life-threatening injuries.

About 7:15 p.m. Saturday, 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.

The woman, who fell nine to 12 metres, was trapped on the cobble of Sombrio Beach, about 45 kilometres west of downtown Sooke.

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

The coast guard approached via the Juan de Fuca Strait.

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

ceharnett@timescolonist.com

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