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Tahoe woman’s Emerald Bay rescue reminder for proper outdoor planning

Adam Jensen
ajensen@tahoedailytribune.com

A rescuer assists a woman who became stuck in cliffs above Vikingsholm May 5.

MEEKS BAY, Calif. — An Incline Village woman was rescued from the cliff bands above Emerald Bay's Vikingsholm on May 5 after slipping down an embankment during wet weather, officials said.

El Dorado County Sheriff's Search and Rescue, Lake Valley Fire Protection District, Cal Fire, California State Parks and South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue responded to Vikingsholm around 3:30 p.m. following a report of a person in distress hanging on a steep cliff, according to a press release from the sheriff's office.

Jane Rylander of Incline Village had been climbing in the steep cliff bands from the Vikingsholm parking lot down toward the main castle, officials said.

"Jane slipped and slid down the embankment becoming stuck on the cliff band," according to the release. "She was not injured, but could not climb up or down and was in the need of rescue."

Rescuers used ropes to reach Rylander and lower her to safety.

The incident serves as another reminder for locals and visitors to be prepared and keep safety at top of mind during spring and summer climbing and other recreation opportunities.

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El Dorado County Search and Rescue responded to a couple missing-persons incidents and "several more than usual" out-of-bounds skiers over the winter, and have already responded to several distress calls and medical incidents this spring, said sheriff's deputy and search and rescue coordinator Greg Almos.

"We've been very busy so far this year," he said.

Many of the rescues are precipitated by poor planning, Almos added.

People should be equipped with food, water, multiple layers of clothes and a flashlight when venturing into the outdoors. Even when it's 80 degrees outside during the day, temperatures can drop rapidly as the sun goes down, he cautioned.

Almos also urged outdoor enthusiasts not to expect an immediate rescue if they do get in trouble. Coordinating a team of search-and-rescue volunteers and getting them to a backcountry location typically takes hours.

"Rescue is not going to be as quickly and swiftly as people think it is," Almos said.

He mentioned Mount Tallac as a frequent stop for rescuers during the summer. People often think they have a clear descent, only to become stuck in cliff bands below.

According to Almos, visitors should know their surroundings and remain in established recreation areas.