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Fire officials rescue woman from creek at Foothills Park

Multiple agencies, two helicopters assist in the operation

A woman who fell into a creek at Foothills Park was rescued on Saturday morning by Palo Alto and Woodside fire personnel and extracted with the help of two helicopters, according to the Palo Alto Fire Department.

Palo Alto fire officials responded to a call at 10:32 a.m. on June 11 after an adult female had apparently fallen off of Los Trancos Trail in Foothills Park and into the creek below, according to Ryan Stoddard, the acting battalion chief with the Palo Alto Fire Department.

Stoddard said that upon reaching the scene, officials found that the woman had sustained injuries that warranted a transport, but that appeared to be minor. For precaution, the woman was strapped into a board and basket and was pulled out from the creek using a rope rigging system.

Once extracted, a Cal Fire helicopter helped to execute a short haul -- an operation in which a person is picked up without the helicopter landing -- to move the woman to a better location, Stoddard said. From there, the woman was transported by a Cal STAR helicopter to a nearby medical facility.

Stoddard said that an engine, ambulance and battalion chief from the Palo Alto department and one engine from the Woodside Fire Protection District responded to the call. Rangers from Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and Palo Alto Open Space also assisted with the operation.

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Posted by PlaneSense
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 16, 2016 at 2:37 am

I wonder how many people in our neighborhood called the local airports to complain about the helicopter noise during this rescue operation?


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