Woman rescued from Santa Cruz creek


Firefighters successfully rescued a woman from a Santa Cruz creek Monday night, according to fire officials.

At about 9 p.m., firefighters received a report of a person who either fell or jumped into the Branciforte Creek, just behind 533 Ocean St., fire officials said.

Once at the scene, firefighters found a woman stuck in the creek, which was about 3 feet deep with slow moving water.

Firefighters were able to throw a rope to the woman and rescue swimmers entered the water to assist her, according to fire officials.

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After moving the victim downstream, firefighters set up a technical rope rescue from an aerial ladder truck. Rescue swimmers then placed the woman in a basket and were able to remove her from the water to an awaiting ambulance, fire officials said.

The victim was then airlifted to a hospital.

Information about her condition was not immediately available.

No one else was injured during the incident.

Fire officials are reminding residents to use extreme caution around creeks, rivers drainage systems and any other bodies of water, especially in light of the ongoing stormy weather.

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