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Elderly Woman Sent Into Wild Death Spin As She's Airlifted By Helicopter

Elderly Woman Sent Into Wild Death Spin As She's Airlifted By Helicopter

Imagine you've just injured yourself in a remote area, and an actual helicopter has had to come and rescue you to take you to hospital.

Your day has already taken a pretty sharp downward, hasn't it? Now imagine that when you get attached to the helicopter, you set off into a death spin, you know, just to add insult to injury.

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Well this what happened to a poor 74-year-old woman who was being rescued after injuring herself hiking on Piestewa Peak in Arizona.

As part of the hoist rescue, the woman was attached to a stretcher, which began dramatically spinning as a result of the sir turbulence from the helicopter's rotor.

At first, the spins starts off slow, but then it speeds up until the women is rocketing round at speeds that would rival a roller coaster.

Firefighting officials have held a news conference to go through how the spin happened, explaining that a line they usually use for hoist rescues to prevent this kind of thing failed, causing the woman to set off.

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The team said that they have performed 201 hoist mountain rescues in six years and the spinning phenomenon has only occurred twice.

We guess the elderly woman was just really, really unlucky then?

The good news is that the recuse team confirmed the woman suffered "no ill-effects from the spin other than being dizzy". The woman was later treated for her dizziness and nausea - on top of her other injuries - at a treatment centre.

Safe in the knowledge the woman was fine, you can bet Twitter found the whole thing rather funny.

Emergency services were first called to the scene when the 74-year-old fell while hiking, suffering some facial injuries, head injuries and "altered levels of consciousness and dizziness."

Errr, we're sure her spinning escapades totally helped then!

Featured Image Credit: Fox

Topics: Life News, News, Life

Ciara Sheppard

Ciara is a freelance journalist working for Tyla. After graduating from the University of Sussex, Ciara worked as a writer at GLAMOUR Magazine and later as the Assistant Editor of Yahoo Style UK.

 

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