Rescue at High Rock

Rescue at High Rock Woman Fell 75 Feet

WAYNESBORO — A 25-year-old woman who fell 75 feet from an overlook at High Rock has been rescued and is being airlifted to Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown, Md.

Emergency personnel from Waynesboro, Blue Ridge Summit and Washington County MD have completed a high-angle rescue of the woman who fell at High Rock near PenMar Park Thursday afternoon.

According to emergency channel transmissions, the woman apparently hit her head when she fell. The fall happened at some point before the first call went out to rescuers at 4:26 p.m. Thursday, June 6.

It took rescuers about an hour to reach her and get her to a waiting helicopter. Rescuers had to be lowered to her position with equipment to hoist the patient up so she could be transported to the Medivac helicopter.

The landing zone had to be changed once when a helicopter-pad at Waynesboro Hospital was not available.

High Rock is a popular destination for tourists and residents alike because it provides a breathtaking view of the surrounding countryside. As its name implies, its main feature is large boulder-like rocks straddling the Pennsylvania-Maryland border.

Its cliff-like protrusion is also used as a hang glider platform. It is often said to be a great place to watch the sunset over the valley.

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Published on June 7, 2019
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