Woman rescued from Illinois bluffs after screaming for help for nearly 9 hours

ALTON, IL– A Metro East woman’s cry for help led first responders to her rescue overnight after she got stuck on a bluff ledge for nine hours.

Crews arrived at the bluffs on Great River Road just west of downtown Alton after receiving reports of a woman screaming. After canvassing the area, officials found a woman 20 feet above them.

“A young lady, earlier today, climbed up the bluffs, got stuck up there, slipped and landed on a ledge. [She] couldn’t figure out how to come down,” said Alton Fire Chief Jesse Jemison.

Jemison believes the woman had been up on the ledge since 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

In order to get to her down, firefighters had to clear tree limbs with a chain saw and used a ladder to help her down.

It is unknown why the woman attempted to climb the bluffs.

She was transported to a local hospital for treatment for cold exposure. No additional information has been released.