Whidbey firefighters rescued a woman who was stranded in her car on the side of a cliff in Clinton on Wednesday.
South Whidbey Fire/EMS officials said the 41-year-old woman, who has not yet been identified by police, was uninjured.
The incident happened around 7 a.m. on Glendale Road. Deputy Chief Jon Beck said the woman, who was driving a 1995 green Honda Accord four-door, went off the pavement in the area near where Glendale Road meets Humphrey Road.
“We had a car that went off the road, down an embankment about 50 feet,” Beck said. “It was a steep bank. It was a pretty lengthy process for the steep-angle rescue.”
Central Whidbey Fire &Rescue was called to perform the rescue as South Whidbey Fire/EMS doesn’t have a rope rescue team, Beck said.
A tow truck was at the scene “for a couple of hours” following the incident, which Detective Ed Wallace said likely meant the vehicle was lifted out of the embankment 50 feet down.
According to Beck, it was initially reported the vehicle had two occupants, one of which was reported to have somehow fled the scene. Beck said South Whidbey Fire/EMS couldn’t confirm a second person as responders only found a single occupant on the bluff.
He added the incident could have been much worse, that the woman was fortunate she wasn’t hurt.
“She’s pretty lucky to walk away without any injuries,” he said.