Conservation officers save woman from 70-foot cliff - WNEM TV 5

Conservation officers save woman from 70-foot cliff

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BARAGA COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Two DNR conservation officers are credited with rescuing a Michigan woman from a 70-foot cliff.

Dispatchers in Neguanee Township received a 911 call about 8:35 p.m. Thursday, May 3 from a 25-year-old L’Anse woman who said she was stuck on the edge of a cliff overlooking Lake Superior.

The woman told dispatchers she was holding on to tree roots and she wasn’t exactly sure where she was located.

Michigan Conservation Officers David Miller and Kyle McQueer were sent to the area to help Michigan State Police troopers with the search.

Troopers said the woman’s phone signal was showing her located to be about 700 feet north of Haanpaa Road, which is not far outside the Village of L’Anse.

“Just as we passed Hannapaa road, we were flagged down by an individual who could hear someone hollering for help from somewhere down the cliff,” Miller said.

The two officers found the woman part way down the 70-foot cliff. Officials said McQueer stayed above the woman while Miller continued down until he could reach her. Miller then held the woman in place while McQueer went back to the vehicle to get a tow strap.

The officer tied the strap to a tree and tossed the other end down to Miller. The woman then held onto the strap while Miller lifted her to a safer place on the cliff face.

Once other officers arrived, they tied the tow strap around the woman and pulled to her safety.

The woman told officials she wanted to go visit a friend. While walking, she wanted to go down to the lake. She put her leg over a guardrail, but lost her footing and fell down the side of the cliff.

“She told me she had Huntington’s disease, and had very little-to-no strength in her arms and legs,” Miller said. “She had been holding on to tree roots to keep her from falling the rest of the way down the cliff and onto the ice below.” 

Huntington’s disease is a rare hereditary condition in which the brain’s nerve cells break down gradually, affecting physical movements, cognitive abilities and emotions.

The name of the woman was not released.

Officials said she was taken to her mother and did not seek any medical attention.

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