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Ruth Woroniecki: How Colorado woman SURVIVES 200 foot fall after slipping on ice during California hike

Ruth Woroniecki: How Colorado woman SURVIVES 200 foot fall after slipping on ice during California hike

A female hiker survived a 200-foot fall on ice during a Saturday Christmas weekend hike in the San Gabriel Mountains.

Ruth Woroniecki, 40, of Thornton, Colorado, departed her family’s campground in Lytle Creek at around 5.00am to make the journey up to Cucamonga Peak, according to area authorities.

Woroniecki was hiking back to her campsite from the 8,800-foot summit when she slipped on ice and fell 200 feet, miraculously landing on a fallen tree that broke what would have been a harsher impact.

Ruth Woroniecki: How Colorado woman SURVIVES 200 foot fall after slipping on ice during California hike
A nearby hiker found Woroniecki and activated a handheld GPS device to call for help

Chris Mejia, a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department spokesman, said a hiker discovered Woroniecki and used a handheld GPS device to call for help.

Following the activation of the call at Woroniecki’s location, a rescue crew determined that a helicopter would be required due to her location and the time it would take for ground crews to reach her.

Soon after, a helicopter crew circled nearby and dropped off a rescuer who had hiked in to assist.

High winds made the rescue difficult, according to the Los Angeles Times, but the woman was located and hauled up to the helicopter before being taken to a nearby hospital.

Mejia said the ‘rescuer, who was equipped with crampons and an ice axe, hiked to her location and assessed her condition.

‘He placed Woroniecki in a rescue harness and assisted her to an open area, away from trees,’ before getting her into the helicopter.

Woroniecki’s condition was not immediately known at the close of the weekend, but she reportedly sustained serious injuries.

Woroniecki’s treacherous terrain The fall comes about a month after Emily Sotelo, 19, died while hiking in New Hampshire due to wintery trail conditions.

Ruth Woroniecki: How Colorado woman SURVIVES 200 foot fall after slipping on ice during California hike
The 8,800-foot peak Woroniecki summitted early in the morning Saturday before slipping on ice an falling 200 feet

On what would have been her 20th birthday, the college sophomore was discovered dead in November. According to local authorities, Sotelo was not carrying any of the essentials that are recommended for day hikes, even in warmer weather.

She didn’t have a map, compass, or matches. She didn’t have a flashlight or a headlamp. She was carrying granola bars and a banana, as well as water that had likely frozen early in her hike.

She was dressed in long underwear, light pants, and a jacket. She wore heated gloves and a neck warmer, but no hat.

Her shoes were said to be better suited for trail running than winter trekking.

source:summarybio.com