Daring rescue saves life of student



rescueA late-night hike brought one student more excitement than she bargained for Saturday. A mis-step, a fall and a harsh landing served as a painful reminder that while exciting, the cliffs are off-limits for a reason.

An underclassman who will not be named for privacy reasons fell while exploring the cliffs behind Franciscan University of Steubenville’s campus. She was alone when she fell, but was able to call her roommate for help, according to WTOV-9’s website.

University spokesman Tom Sofio said that there was a massive convergence of EMS units that made what he called a “daring rescue” a reality.

According to Sofio, several students with climbing experience assisted medics in reaching the woman after she fell. Members of Ambulance Services, Jefferson Security and the Steubenville Fire Department assisted in the rescue.

Mike Conn, head of campus security, could not be reached for comment by time of publication.

Sofio stressed that the area behind the fence is not safe, as demonstrated on Saturday. The student handbook lists the area as off-limits under a section that prohibits “… Engaging in behavior that endangers the life or health of any person.”

Warning signs are posted periodically along the fence, alerting people of the danger.

A similar incident occurred in 2003 when a girl fell in the same area and had to be airlifted to the hospital.

WTOV reported on Monday that the woman had been released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

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