Woman pulled from creek after sledding mishap

PARKERSBURG – A woman in south Parkersburg was rescued from a creek around 3:30 p.m. Saturday, firefighters said.

Parkersburg Fire Chief Eric Taylor said firefighters were called to the 1800 block of Eighth Avenue in reference to a 33-year-old female inner tubing accident. Emergency crews said the woman was sledding down a hill with her own children and several other children from the neighborhood when she “proceeded past the end of the course and landed approximately 12 feet down in the creek.”

First responders requested assistance from the fire department to retrieve the woman from the snowy fall. She was put onto a backboard and placed in a stoke rescue basket, officials said. She was lifted out of the creek bed while firefighters used ropes and cables to hoist her about 175 feet up the embankment, Taylor said. Crews were on scene for about an hour and the woman was transported by ambulance to Camden Clark Medical Center, according to reports.

She is suspected of suffering a broken leg, Taylor added.