LA PUSH, Washington – A hiker who fell from a 25-foot-high cliff and broke her leg was spotted on the beach below after she spent three days there without food or water, Coast Guard officials said.
Dana Crane, 19, of Brunswick, Maine, was found Monday by an Olympic National Park volunteer who was hiking below the park's cliffs, about 110 miles west of Seattle, Coast Guard Petty Officer Jason Wilder said.
Crane, a student at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore., was severely dehydrated but conscious, he said.
She was listed in stable condition after being flown by Coast Guard helicopter to Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles, where she was being treated for a broken leg and injuries to the pelvis, sternum and lower vertebrae.
"This young lady is extremely lucky," park spokeswoman Barb Maynes said. "Had the volunteer not found her, it could have been a different story."
Maynes said the hiker apparently had been standing on rock that crumbled, a common feature throughout the park.