Woman survives fall from cliff, night spent in the extreme cold in Berea

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BEREA, Ky. (WKYT) - Rescue crews battled the extreme cold to save a woman on Monday morning.

Rescuers prepare to save a woman who fell from a cliff at The Pinnacles in Berea on January 1, 2018.

The Berea Fire Department says several hikers heard a woman yelling for help at The Pinnacles on Monday morning. The hikers say the woman told them she fell off a cliff while hiking around 6:00 p.m. Sunday. Rescuers received the call for help around 7:45 a.m. Monday.

"I found her gloves laying next to a big rock so it seems like maybe she was trying to climb on this rock and then slipped and fell down. It wasn’t too big, maybe 50 feet but it was still you know lucky to be alive and survive through the night," said Jacob Pierce, who helped rescue the hiker.

According to WKYT Meteorologist Jim Caldwell, temperatures dropped to 9 degrees in Berea overnight. With the wind chill, it was about -6.

The hikers say they covered the woman with their coats until help arrived. Rescue crews were able to get the woman out of the hiking trails by mid-morning on Monday. She was carried out and driven to a waiting ambulance. She was talking to paramedics as they loaded her up.

Paramedics would not comment on her injuries because of HIPAA regulations. One of the hikers that found her says she appeared to have some broken ribs and a leg injury.

"She’s lucky I think. I don’t know the full extent of her situation but she’s lucky to be doing as well as she is after being out here all night, after suffering such a steep fall," said Phillip Bagnoli, one of the hikers who found the woman.

The woman's name has not been released. Rescuers suggest hikers stay home in this extreme cold. If you do go hiking, they say you shouldn't go alone and you shouldn't go after dark.

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