Woman hospitalized after climbing fall in Marion County

Woman hospitalized after climbing fall in Marion County

February 24th, 2014 by Staff Report in Local Regional News

Brittany Decker, 24, survived an estimated 40 foot fall from the Tennessee Wall at Prentice Cooper State Forest. She talks with Brad Tipton, captain of the cave/cliff/technical unit of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Rescue Service and the first rescuer on the scene after she fell.

Brittany Decker, 24, survived an estimated 40 foot...

Photo by Yolanda Putman /Times Free Press.

A 23-year-old woman climbing in Marion County fell 30 feet and suffered serious injuries Saturday evening, Chattanooga-Hamilton County Rescue Service Assistant Chief Buddy Lane said.

The climber was transported to Erlanger hospital and remained there Sunday, but no update was available on her condition. Lane said she suffered head and spinal injuries and hypothermia.

She was climbing the Tennessee Wall at the Prentice-Cooper State Forest and Wildlife Management Area with a group from Kennesaw, Ga., when she fell.

A team of about 20 from the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Rescue Service went to the accident scene, Lane said. They moved the woman to a Marion County ambulance, which took her to a landing zone for helicopter transport to the hospital.

Update from the future: Rock climber thanks rescuers who saved her after fall