UPDATE, 4:52 PM: The injured woman has been lifted to safety. Patient stable, alert, communicative, according to Tacoma Fire. Woman appears to be in her 30s or 40s. She is being evaluated by paramedics.
Update 2:Pt.safely brought up the cliff.Firefighter paramedics transport one to local hospital twitter.com/TacomaFire/sta…— Tacoma Fire (@TacomaFire) September 19, 2012
UPDATE, 4 P.M.: Tacoma Fire says crews are securing the ropes system to bring the injured woman up. She is about 75 feet down a steep incline. A tweet from the fire department says the patient is stable.
Scanner traffic indicates she is conscious and moving her extremities.
INITIAL POST: Tacoma Fire is responding to reports of a woman over the side of a cliff at Point Defiance, near the Narrows lookout.
“We have someone down the side of the hill about 50 feet down,” spokesman Joe Meinecke said.
He said it sounded like crews would be performing a high-angle rescue.
Crews are still investigating, and it is not clear what happened or what the extent of the person’s injuries are.
Officials were called to the 5800 block of 5 Mile Drive at 2:50 p.m., but that is not the exact location of the rescue, Meinecke said.