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Wisconsin woman suffers only minor injuries after 50-foot fall at Devil's Lake Saturday

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Dave Schrofer helps person on cliffs during training (copy)

Baraboo Fire & Rescue team member Dave Schrofer, left, helps a fellow team member playing the role of an injured person May 13, 2019, during cliff rescue training at Devil's Lake State Park. Baraboo's rope team rescued a woman who fell about 50 feet off the east bluff Saturday at the park.

A 24-year-old woman survived a 50-foot fall from the east bluff with only minor injuries Saturday at Devil’s Lake State Park.

After the Baraboo Rope Rescue team performed a “technical rope rescue,” the Wisconsin woman was transported to St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo, where she was treated for minor injuries and released the same day, said Sauk County warden supervisor for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Mike Green.

“The way it came across on Baraboo scanner made it sound like it was going to be really serious injuries,” Green said. “She was really lucky...”

He said she fell near the rock formation known as Devil’s Doorway during the early afternoon Saturday.

“Just the traditional slip and fall like we have at Devil’s Lake. Nothing unusual about it,” Green said.

Baraboo Fire and EMS also responded to the incident, he said.

People have died from falls at Devil’s Lake in recent years, including a death in 2018 and one in 2017. An Illinois teenager broke his leg after taking a 20-foot fall last year.

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