Firefighters from Palo Alto and Menlo Park worked together Wednesday evening, Oct. 3, to rescue a 56-year-old woman who had fallen 40 feet into a dry creek, according to Palo Alto Fire Battalion Chief Chris Woodard.
The Menlo Park Fire Protection District requested assistance from the Palo Alto Fire Department after receiving a call that a person had fallen into the dry creek between Stanford West and the Oak Creek Apartments at approximately 6 p.m., Woodard stated in a press release.
The woman had fallen from the Palo Alto side and was suffering from "bilateral wrist and right leg pain with a possible loss of consciousness," Woodard stated.
The woman was "packaged in full C-spine precautions" and lifted out of the creek using a "stokes basket," according to Woodard. She was then taken to Stanford University Hospital and was alert and responsive. The rescue effort lasted approximately 20 to 30 minutes, Woodard stated.