Woman airlifted by helicopter after falling 50 feet from the top of Bishop Peak

Firefighters rescued a 19-year-old woman after she fell about 50 feet from the top of Bishop Peak on Tuesday morning.

The incident was reported just before 8 a.m., according to the San Luis Obispo Fire Department.

The woman was with a group, “either climbing or rappelling or some sort of hiking off-trail,” on the face of the peak when she fell, according to SLO Fire Department Battalion Chief Bob Bisson.

Additional details regarding how the fall occurred were not immediately available.

As a result of the fall, the woman suffered moderate head and facial trauma and was knocked unconscious, Bisson said. She has not been identified.

Due to the woman’s location about mid-slope on the peak, crews from the San Luis Obispo Fire Department and Cal Fire had to hike up to the top of the mountain and then down through rocks and brush covering the peak to reach her, Bisson said.

“They had, through either climbing or rappelling and then falling, gotten themselves physically to a location that’s quite distant,” Bisson said. He estimated that it took responders about an hour to reach the woman.

“That’s a long time for a trauma patient to wait for care, but that’s what was required,” he said.

Bisson said that the woman was “conscious, but disoriented,” when rescue crews reached her.

“That matches the trauma profile of a patient who had fallen and hit their head,” Bisson said.

A Santa Barbara County Fire Department helicopter took the woman to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo.

She was airlifted at about 10 a.m., according to officials.

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