September 26, 2023

Woman Rescued in Newport State Park


A Milwaukee-area woman was transported on the Eagle III rescue helicopter to a hospital in Green Bay after injuring herself at Newport State Park Wednesday.

The call of an injured 52-year-old woman with a possible fractured leg came in around 12:30 p.m., said Sister Bay-Liberty Grove Fire Chief Chris Hecht.

Assisting with the call were Door County EMS, Gibraltar and Ephraim fire departments, and the Door County Sheriff’s Department.

“She just suffered a simple slip and fall while hiking along the edge of the water,” Hecht said.

Due to the location the Gibraltar Fire Department brought in its shallow water boat, and Ephraim Fire Department and the Sheriff’s Department established a landing zone for Eagle III at the Sister Bay-Liberty Grove’s Ellison Bay station, he said.

The woman was stable when she was loaded into the helicopter and taken to Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay.

“The patient family was instrumental in the responding units quickly locating the patient,” Hecht said.

The woman had enough family with her that they spread out along the trail and were able to direct rescuers to her location.

“There was no guessing” where she might be, he said.

A lot of the time there are not enough people, the forethought or the level of cooperation to set something like that up, Hecht said.

The woman is expected to be recover, he said.

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