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Woman flown to hospital after helicopter rescue from Liberty Dam, officials say

A person was flown to a hospital Tuesday afternoon after suffering a heart attack at Liberty Dam, officials said.
A person was flown to a hospital Tuesday afternoon after suffering a heart attack at Liberty Dam, officials said. (Photo by Kevin E. Dayhoff)

A woman was flown to a hospital Tuesday afternoon after suffering a heart attack at Liberty Dam, officials said.

The woman was pulled from the water at the base of the dam using a helicopter, which transported them to Baltimore for shock trauma care. It’s unclear whether she fell from the top of the dam.

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The Sykesville Freedom District Fire Department received a call at about 3:16 p.m., according to Chief Ed Ruch. A person was seen in the water floating in the prone position at the base of the dam, according to a news release from the Maryland State Police on Wednesday morning. The dam is about 415 feet high and is surrounded by steep terrain.

That steep terrain made it difficult for emergency responders to reach the victim, so state police dispatched a helicopter from Frederick. It arrived at about 4:20 p.m. and hovered steadily at 160 feet above the rescue crews and victim. A trooper trained as a rescue technician was lowered from the helicopter to help with lifesaving care, patient stabilization and securing the patient into the rescue litter. Then the trooper and victim were hoisted up into the helicopter to be taken to shock trauma, according to the release.

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The helicopter transported the person to shock trauma in critical condition at 4:56 p.m.

A state police spokesperson said Wednesday that the woman is 32 years old but did not provide any details on her medical condition.

Ruch could not disclose Tuesday why the victim was at the dam at that time. The state police did not specify details on those circumstances or the victim’s condition in their Wednesday release either.

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