Precarious cliff rescue at Tunnel Beach

A 25-year-old woman left precariously placed on the edge of a cliff after falling from the headlands at Tunnel Beach has been rescued by a team of firefighters and paramedics.

A St John spokesman said the woman fell on the steep walking track about 1pm.

Her condition was initially reported as serious, but a St John spokesman said she was transported to Dunedin Hospital with moderate injuries. 

A team of 12 firefighters assisted St John staff in rescuing her from the ledge at the bottom of the Tunnel Beach track.

Rescuers carry a 25-year-old woman in a stokes basket after she slipped and fell  at Tunnel Beach...
Rescuers carry a 25-year-old woman in a stokes basket after she slipped and fell at Tunnel Beach this afternoon. Photo: Stephen Jaquiery

They used rope harnesses to secure her on the cliff edge before she was lifted to safety.

The woman, who remained conscious throughout, was carried to a waiting ambulance at the top of the track.

A police spokesman said they were called to the scene at 1.50pm and asked to co-ordinate a "search and rescue response including the cliff rescue squad".

They would use a stokes basket, which is a type of stretcher, in the rescue.

The spokesman said they were still at the scene and the patient was yet to be retrieved just before 2pm.

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