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Stay Out! Stay Alive!
Stay Out! Stay Alive!
Near Misses
Incidents that could have resulted in a fatality, but did not.


An injured teenage hiker was rescued by a California Highway Patrol helicopter early Monday after spending a cold night on a ledge at the Cool Cave Quarry.

The 17 year-old teen went hiking Sunday with friends in an area just off Highway 49 in El Dorado County. At some point, she parted from her friends and decided to do some hiking on her own. She soon found herself alone on a ledge, and injured her hands as she tried to climb up a cable.

"I fell and I slid and I cut my fingers," the young woman said. "So, I couldn't climb back up."

At about 7 p.m., she used her cell phone to text message her boyfriend that she was trapped. Soon afterward, her cell phone battery went dead.

Rescue workers responded, but opted to wait until daylight returned to attempt a rescue.

Shortly before 7 a.m. Monday, a CHP helicopter delicately landed on a nearby ridge, allowing a rescuer to bring her to safety.

She was soon taken to a hospital in Auburn for treatment of hand injuries. Otherwise, she was in good shape.

The teen huddled up on the cliff overnight and braved temperatures that dipped into the 30s. She was wearing jeans, a T-shirt and a hooded sweatshirt.

(Source: KCRA, Sacramento)