Updated July 20, 2009 at midnight
Steamboat Springs It took a crew of 22 people more than four hours to rescue a 25-year-old Steamboat Springs woman who was injured Saturday after landing on her back following a 65-foot jump from a cliff at King Solomon Falls.
Routt County Search and Rescue was dispatched at about 4 p.m. Saturday to attend to the woman, who complained about neck pain and shortness of breath, Search and Rescue Incident Commander Dawn Alperti said. She said North Routt Ambulance and Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue joined them by 6 p.m.
But it took an additional nine volunteers to transport the woman one and a half miles to the ambulance, Alperti said. She was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center sometime after 10 p.m. No information about the woman's condition was available Sunday, and her name was not released.
Alperti said it was the third hospitalization in the past five years for people injured at King Solomon Falls, which is accessed via private land in far northern Routt County. The first two were for jumpers who broke their backs, she said.
The area is becoming more of a danger every year, Alperti said. She described it as not well maintained, remote and difficult for rescuers to reach despite being less than two miles from the nearest road.
"I understand why people go. It's beautiful," Alperti said. "But it's so dangerous to get in there. If someone gets hurt, it's difficult to get someone out. We basically have to carry them out.
"Four hours to move less than two miles is not a good option," she added.
The woman injured Saturday began to hike out of the area on her own before stopping as a result of the neck pain and shortness of breath.
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