Crews rescue woman from Pewit's Nest

  • Source: wisc news
  • Published: 08/25/2016 06:42 PM

PHOTO: Park officials are looking at ways to prevent injuries at a state natural area near Baraboo after a fall there Thursday marked the third injury in a week. A rope rescue crew was called to Pewit’s Nest State Natural Area around 1 p.m. after a 20-year-old female from Appleton injured herself on the rocks inside the water-filled gorge. Devil’s Lake State Park Superintendent Steve Schmelzer said the woman attempted to jump into the pool of water between the two cliffs, but landed on the rocks. The rescue crew lowered a Baraboo firefighter into the rocky area with a stretcher and then pulled the woman and the firefighter to the top after the victim was strapped in. The woman was taken to St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo with what appeared to be injuries to her ankle or foot, Schmelzer said. Rick Reed of Mukwonago said he was enjoying a day with his family at Pewit’s Nest, located just west of Baraboo, when he witnessed the accident from the opposite side of the ravine. “She looked a little scared, like she didn’t want to do it,” Reed said of the victim, who was not identified Thursday. “Of course, she couldn’t climb back out. She jumped and hit the rocks on the shore across from her.”


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