Firefighters and lifeguards rescued a woman who had fallen off the cliff near the Boardwalk trestle Sunday morning after getting calls from nearby residents who heard a woman crying for help, the Santa Cruz Fire Department reported.
Firefighters saw the woman clinging to vegetation half-way down the cliff when they arrived on the beach near the cliff about 10:30 a.m., Santa Cruz Battalion Chief Robert Young said in a statement.
As firefighters arrived, they saw the woman fall about 10 feet to a rocky landing above the San Lorenzo River mouth, Young said. The cliff is about 40 feet high at that point, he said.
A firefighter rappelled down the cliff behind an East Cliff Drive home, while a lifeguard swam across the river to the landing, Young said. Crews put the woman on a rescue board and paddled her across the river.
The woman appeared to be in her 20s, Young said. She was treated on scene before being transported to Dominican Hospital, he said. The extent of her injuries was unknown, but Young said he initially requested an air ambulance due to how she was injured, but that the helicopter was unable to respond due to the weather conditions.
After assessing her condition, medics determined she did not need to be driven to a Santa Clara County trauma hospital, Young said.
Young said he didn’t know why the woman had been on the cliff behind the homes.