Rescue In Northern Door County

A cooperative effort involving multiple agencies and individuals is being credited for the successful rescue of a Marinette area woman from a rock ledge near the Ellison Bay Bluff Saturday afternoon. The woman, said to be in her 20’s, tumbled off the cliff near the lookout off Porcupine Bay Road in Ellison Bay. Fire Chief Chris Hecht of the Sister Bay / Liberty Grove Fire Department said the 9-1-1 call came in at about noon and his department mobilized quickly, along with door county emergency services. The woman had fallen about 60 or 70 feet to the rocky outcropping above the Bay of Green Bay. With the help of a boat provided by Warden Mike Neal of the Department of Natural Resources, personnel from Gibraltar Fire and Rescue were able to come ashore and scale the bluff from below. The victim was strapped to a long board by paramedics and lowered to the beach, then transferred to Neal’s boat and transported to a dock and a trip by ambulance to Sister Bay. From there, the Eagle-3 helicopter airlifted her to Aurora Baycare Medical Center in Green Bay. Chief Hecht says a Coast Guard helicopter also responded to the emergency call and arrived at just about the time the rescue was being affected. He says the operation was successful because of the efforts of personnel from his department, as well as the Ephraim, Gibraltar and Baileys Harbor fire departments, the Door County Sheriff’s Department, emergency services, the D-N-R, U.S. Coast Guard and the Eagle-3 program. The rescue itself took about an hour and a half, but the units on scene cleared the area at about three Saturday afternoon. No word as to the condition of the injured woman.

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