May 16, 2020
A woman has been rescued after she fell 30 metres down a cliff in West Auckland while searching for her dog.
Emergency services were called to Te Ara o Tiriwa walkway off Taunton Terrace in Blockhouse Bay about 2.40pm on Saturday, a police spokeswoman said.
Three fire trucks, two police cars, two ambulances and the police Eagle helicopter attended the incident.
Fire and Emergency New Zealand's Avondale senior station officer Darren Gussey said the woman fell 30m down a steep bank.
"It took a while to exactly locate her," he said, as the area she was stuck was within dense bush.
Firefighters used ropes and a stretcher to free her, and she has since been taken to hospital by the Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
The woman had suffered minor injuries, he said. Stuff understands the woman broke her arm in the fall.
She had been trying to find her dog, which has since been found.
A witness, who didn't want to be named, said she and her friends were on the beach when a man approached them, asking them to dial 111.
She predicted it would take rescuers about 20 minutes to access the area where the woman had fallen.