An elderly woman who injured her ankle while hiking is in good spirits after being rescued today at approximately 11 a.m. at God’s Thumb in Roads End.
“She was not in a very precarious place, but it was very narrow,” NLFR Capt. Jim Kusz said.
Crews, who brought water to the 69-year-old victim, carried her to an awaiting Pacific West Ambulance in a stokes basket.
The rescue took nearly two hours in rugged terrain and hot conditions.
NLFR recommended the following for a safe hike:
- Travel with a companion OR Tell somebody where you’re going
- Know your physical limitations
- Check trail conditions before you go
- Bring a fully charged cellphone and a signaling mirror
- Learn basic first aid and bring a kit
- Watch cliff edges and slippery areas
- Bring appropriate clothing
- Wear proper hiking boots
- Keep an eye on the weather
- Drink lots of water
- Know your poisonous plants
- Heed warning signs