70-year-old Pecatonica woman rescued after falling about 50 feet near Grand Canyon

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GRAND CANYON, Ariz. (WIFR) – A 70-year-old Pecatonica woman is okay after falling about 50 feet into a deep crack near Grand Canyon West.

Mohave County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue units were deployed to the scene early Tuesday afternoon. Authorities say the woman, identified as Gail Peterson, wedged herself during the fall which prevented her from dropping to the bottom, however every time she would take a deep breath, she would fall a few inches.

A rope system was set up and a member with the rescue crew was lowered to help Peterson. Peterson was then secured to the rope and lifted to safety.

The Sheriff’s Office says Peterson had several cuts and bruises and was then airlifted to a Las Vegas hospital.

As of Thursday, officials say Peterson was listed in good condition.