Port Angeles firefighters and paramedics come to the aid of a person who fell from the riprap and became trapped between rocks for three hours on Ediz Hook in Port Angeles on Thursday. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Port Angeles firefighters and paramedics come to the aid of a person who fell from the riprap and became trapped between rocks for three hours on Ediz Hook in Port Angeles on Thursday. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Woman trapped for 3 hours on hook

Extrication takes about 40 minutes

PORT ANGELES — A woman trapped between jetty rocks on the north side of Ediz Hook for three hours on Thursday was rescued by the Port Angeles Fire Department after a passerby heard her calls and alerted first responders.

Capt. Kelly Ziegler of the Port Angeles Fire Department said the department was dispatched at 3:55 p.m. and extricated the woman in about 40 minutes.

Ziegler said that it appeared that, after the woman had fallen, a 3,000-pound rock had shifted and entrapped her leg.

“It was about half the size of a VW,” Ziegler said of the rock, adding that the rescue “went really well. The crews all worked together. She was really lucky.”

Although jaws of life and airbags were available to aid in the rescue, the crew ended up using ropes to move and secure the rocks. The woman, unidentified because of privacy laws, was transported to Olympic Medical Center and her condition was not known.

Ziegler said 10 firefighters, one chief officer, one ladder truck, one fire engine and one ambulance responded to the scene.

Ziegler did not know the woman’s age or where she was from. Pet Posse took possession of the woman’s dog, which was at the scene.

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Reporter Paula Hunt can be reached at [email protected]

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