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12/26/2019 11:35:00 AM
Crews make Christmas rescue of climber

ALTON, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in southwest Illinois made a Christmas morning rescue after a woman who climbed up bluffs above a city park got stuck on a ledge for hours.

Madison County 911 received a call that a woman could be heard calling for help around 1 a.m. on Wednesday, according to The (Alton) Telegraph.

Alton Fire Chief Jesse Jemison said a woman climbed the bluffs in a part of Piasa Park with thick wooded brush.

“She kind of slipped, ended up on a ledge and couldn’t figure out how to get down,” Jemison said.

He estimated she had been there since 4 p.m. Tuesday and was stranded about 30 feet off the ground in an area with loose rock.

Crews used a ladder to rescue her after cutting a path to the woman with a chainsaw.

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