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Video captures helicopter rescue of woman who fell near South Lake Tahoe

Video captures hiker being hoisted after fall near South Lake Tahoe

Michelle Powell, 27, of South Lake Tahoe, who was injured south of South Lake Tahoe on Sunday during a rock-climbing excursion, was rescued by a California Highway Patrol helicopter.
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Michelle Powell, 27, of South Lake Tahoe, who was injured south of South Lake Tahoe on Sunday during a rock-climbing excursion, was rescued by a California Highway Patrol helicopter.

Authorities say a northern California woman on a rock-climbing outing lost her footing while shoring up a dog and tumbled 30 feet before she was rescued by helicopter.

The Sacramento Bee reports Michelle Powell was out with her boyfriend and a dog in the Sierra near South Lake Tahoe on Sunday when he gave the dog a boost onto a ledge.

The California Highway Patrol said the dog started sliding back, at which point Powell tried to push the dog up. She lost her balance, fell backward and tumbled 30 feet.

Her boyfriend used his cell phone to call for help. Highway Patrol officers used a helicopter to rescue Powell.

CHP flew her to a hospital, where she was treated for injuries. The boyfriend and dog, both uninjured, hiked out.

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