AUSTIN (KXAN) - A 17-year-old girl who was hiking with friends early Sunday morning fell from a cliff near Pennebaker Bridge, suffering serious injuries.
A STAR Flight helicopter crew was dispatched to the scene at 6 a.m. to perform an air rescue. KXAN viewer Jay Koog was taking a morning ride in his boat on Lake Austin when he spotted the dramatic rescue and started filming with his iPhone.
"We actually thought this was a practice drill until they loaded the person up and flew off," said Koog. "Pretty impressive response from our local rescue teams. They are great at what they do."
The Austin Fire Department confirmed the hiker fell about 60 feet, fracturing both legs and suffering internal injuries. The video shows a member of STAR Flight's team lowered by rope to grab the woman, who was transported to UMC-Brackenridge. It took about an hour to locate and lift the woman to safety.
The location of the accident was near the intersection of Loop 360 and Plaza on the Lake. Viewer Jay Koog, who was out on the lake in his boat, caught the rescue on his cell phone.
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