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Spokane, Washington – Hiker Rescued After Falling Off Cliff

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Posted on February 19, 2020

Spokane, Washington(February 17, 2020) – A hiker was rescued after falling off approximately rock cliffs in the Riverside State Park in near Bowl and Pitcher. According to the news release from the Spokane Fire Department, the hiker fell approximately 20 feet and landed on a steep section of the cliff. The fire department’s Technical Rescue Team located, treated, and secured the patient, using a wheeled stokes basket to transport the patient back to the parking lot. The patient was later transported to a hospital. No other injuries were reported in the incident.

According to the report, crews were dispatched to the scene around 2:25 p.m. on Monday afternoon. An engine from the Spokane County Fire District 9 arrived on the scene within eight minutes, with other units arriving shortly after. District 9 also aided the Technical Rescue Team in their rescue efforts. The circumstances of the fall were not mentioned in the report.

About Falls and Related Injuries

According to the World Health Organization, falling down is the 2nd leading cause for accidental or unintentional deaths. This is second only to road traffic injuries as the leading cause of unintentional injury death. While most cases of falls are non-fatal, as seen in this case, it can still be cause for concern due to the injuries related with falls. An approximate amount of 37.3 million falls are said to require medical attention every year. Injuries may not always be serious, but have the potential to be life-threatening or disabling – examples of injures with long-term effects are broken bones (commonly fractures in the hip or wrist) or head injuries, as falls are the leading cause for traumatic brain injuries.

While falls are a matter of concern for all people, there are some factors which can make falls more risky for some. Age is one of these factors – particularly, the elderly and children are said to be at most risk in falls. Adults over the age of 65 are said to suffer the most number of fatal falls. Furthermore, adult victims may be more susceptible to future falls once they have sustained injuries from another fall. Children are at risk due to having developing bodies, and innate curiosity to explore. Factors such as environment, occupation, alcohol or substance use, and other medical conditions can also affect the risk of falls. As such, we urge everyone to do what they can to help prevent falls. Be sure to look out for hazards in the area which may lead to a fall. Keeping the body healthy is also a good way to help prevent falls, as a healthy body will have far more coordination and be ready to respond to a fall should it happen. There are many ways to ensure our safety, and preventing falls is one of them.