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Woman rescued after falling from horse

Woman rescued after falling from horse

CREATED Dec 10, 2012 - UPDATED: Dec 10, 2012

Web Producer: Rikki Mitchell

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A woman fell off her horse while riding in the Tucson Mountains and crews rescued her from a wash.

Capt. Adam Goldberg with Northwest Fire tells KGUN9 that the 50-year-old woman has serious injuries and crews used a basket to get her out of the wash.

The woman was riding with her friend who was able to ride back to a house and call 911.

The rescue took place at 4350 N. Calle Cadenza, near Sweetwater and Oxbow.

The drop into the wash is about 30 feet, but Goldberg says he believes the woman was riding in the wash, and did not fall into it.

The rescue took a little over an hour to complete.

The woman was airlifted to the University of Arizona Medical Center in serious condition.

Goldberg says the horse was not injured, and family members were able to come get the horse and bring it back home.

Northwest Fire would like to remind everyone to always have a cell phone or a "buddy" with you while doing outside activities. Goldberg says because this woman had a friend with her, the situation was not as bad as it could have been.