Woman Rescued After Falling At Sugarloaf Mountain

She was flown to Shock Trauma in Baltimore.


Dickerson, Md (KM). Emergency crews were able to rescue a woman who fell ftom a cliff at Sugarloaf Mountain on Thursday morning

Battalion Chief Kevin Fox with Frederick County Fire and Rescue  says personnel were dispatched just after 10:00 AM to the Devil’s Kitchen area of Sugarloaf Mountain.  “”Initial report is an adult female who had fallen 80-feet down the rock face,” he says. “One fortunate thing was that fire and rescue crews did access that  via the East View parking lot at Sugarloaf.”

Fox says crews hiked 400-feet from the parking lot to where the victim was located, and used a Stokes Basket, which is similar to a stretcher, to rescue the woman. “It took approximately 30-minutes from the time of dispatch to extricate the victim out into the back of an ambulance,” he says.

The woman was flown to Shock Trauma by the Maryland State Police Helicopter which landed in a location near Sugarloaf Mountain. Fox says the woman was reported to be in critical condition, but he was not familiar with the  type and extent of her injuries.

Fox says a Stokes Basket is used regularly  in rescue such as these. “It was just a carrying device that we use in wildland and river rescues,” he says. “The helicopter could actually use them for hoisting out. But that wasn’t necessary in this particular case because of the proximity to the parking area.”


By Kevin McManus