Person seriously injured after falling 40 feet down cliff in west Austin
AUSTIN, TX – A person was taken to the hospital with serious injuries after they fell down the side of a cliff in the Barton Creek Greenbelt last night.
According to the Austin-Travis County EMS, the accident occurred in West Austin, in the 2800 block of Barton Skyway at 7 p.m., when the victim fell about 40 feet from the side of a cliff.
Multiple assets from #ATCEMS, @AustinFireInfo & @Austin_Police responding to a wilderness rescue 2800-2859 Barton Skwy in the Barton Creek Greenbelt (19:00) Reported single patient that has reported fallen ~40ft down a cliff. Hasty teams are entering the greenbelt. More to follow
— ATCEMS (@ATCEMS) March 20, 2021
The initial plan was for the victim to be hoisted out via helicopter. However, in order to do that, the patient had to be moved from their location at the base of a cliff. They were moved down a slope of about 100 feet to the middle of the greenbelt area, where the helicopter could better access them.
After being rescued from the cliff, the victim was taken to Dell Seton with serious, possibly life-threatening wounds. Their identity was not immediately released.
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