Wednesday August 22, 2012

SHEFFIELD -- A woman suffered head and neck injuries on Tuesday after falling about 30 feet near a ravine in Sheffield, officials said.

The woman, whose identity has not been released, was scheduled to be transported to Albany Medical Center, according to Sheffield acting Police Chief Eric R. Munson III. The extent of her injuries could not be learned.

The woman was hiking with a man near the Race Brook ravine and Race Brook Falls in the late afternoon when she fell, Munson said. The man called 9-1-1 for help.

By 5 p.m., the Sheffield police and fire departments had gained access to the woman, who was conscious and alert, Munson said.

However, the rescue took several hours before the woman was airlifted to Albany Medical Center late Tuesday night, authorities said.

Race Brook Falls is located just off Route 41 in Sheffield. The website BerkshireHiking.com lists the falls as "moderate or strenuous" difficulty, and that the rocks at the falls are slippery and the power of the falls' water can be deceiving.