PHOTOS: Woman rescued from sheer cliff in Thetford
Thetford Fire performs a technical rope rescue
NORTH THETFORD, VT - For reasons that remained unclear Wednesday evening, a Vermont woman climbed up a sheer cliff right beside Route 5 and ended up having to be rescued from it by volunteer firefighters as darkness fell.
Members of the Thetford Fire and FAST Squad responded along with an Upper Valley Ambulance crew to the stretch of highway between Clay Road and Newton Lane shortly before 7 p.m. for a report of a woman who had suffered lacerations to her hands while climbing a steep rock face that rose approximately fifty feet above the pavement.
"She was only up there for a short time before everyone got here and she was not all the way to the top. She was probably mid-way to three-quarters of the way up," Thetford Police Officer Stuart Rogers explained, adding, "I've never seen anyone do any recreational climbing here before."
Thetford Fire Chief Chad Whitcomb and several other firefighters hiked up the nearby wooded embankment to the top of the rock formation and used technical rope rescue gear to lower at least one rescuer down to the woman. They then helped her the rest of the way back down to safety.
Afterwards Whitcomb said that his crews were still figuring out what had happened and why. He said further information would not be available until Thursday.
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