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Woman falls from cliff near C&O Canal

December 22, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

WILLIAMSPORT - A woman was rescued from the Potomac River and flown to a hospital after falling 75 to 80 feet from a cliff near McMahon's Mill on the C&O Canal, firefighters said.

"Apparently, (they were) walking the trail or hiking, and then they were doing some rock climbing," said Capt. Kevin Lewis of Williamsport Fire and EMS.

Crews were dispatched to the scene at 5:30 p.m., a Washington County Emergency Services dispatcher. A crew in a boat took about an hour and 10 minutes to reach the woman, who is from New York, Deputy Chief Fred Cole said.

After being taken by boat to a waiting helicopter, the woman was flown to Washington County Hospital at 7:27 p.m., the dispatcher said.

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Cole said he was not sure where the woman went or what her condition was after the accident.

Crews from Williamsport and Potomac Valley and Washington County special-operations personnel responded to the scene, Cole said.

Lewis said the woman was partially in the river after the fall.

According to a Web site maintained by Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer, temperatures were in the upper 30s and lower 40s Thursday.

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