Coast Guard works with firefighters, EMTs to rescue teenager after fall from cliff

9th Coast Guard District NewsCLEVELAND — A U.S. Coast Guard boatcrew from Station Marquette, Mich., working closely with the Marquette City Fire Department and local emergency medical technicians, rescued a teenager who fell roughly 75 feet off a cliff and landed on rocks at Presque Isle Point in Marquette Tuesday.

After receiving a report of the accident from a 911 dispatcher at 11:54 a.m., a Station Marquette boatcrew launched aboard a 25-foot Response Boat-Small and arrived on scene at 12:01 p.m.

Two Marquette City firefighters were rappelling down the cliff to the 17-year-old Gwinn, Mich., girl when the boatcrew arrived. One of the Coast Guardsmen, Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Connolly, got off the boat, waded through about two feet of water and climbed onto the rocks where the girl was lying at the same time the two firefighters reached her. She was conscious but extremely disoriented and indicated she couldn’t feel her extremities. Connolly worked with the firefighters to stabilize the girl’s neck.

Meanwhile, the RB-S transited to Presque Isle Marina, picked up two emergency medical technicians and went back to the scene. Connolly, two other Coast Guardsmen and an EMT carried the girl on a rescue stretcher through the water and put her on the RB-S. The boatcrew took her to Presque Isle Marina where additional EMTs were waiting. She was taken by ambulance to Marquette General Hospital.

Her current condition is unknown.

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