An older woman is recovering after falling about 50 feet off a cliff in rural Claremore, firefighters said.
A family friend said the woman, who is in her 70s, was dumping out some leaves when she slipped and fell behind her home.
Multiple agencies spent about 90 minutes rescuing her while a medical helicopter waited nearby.
Firefighters said the woman was alert and talking when she was rescued. She was taken to a Tulsa hospital where she is recovering from bruises, a broken arm and a couple of broken ribs.
Pastor David Mewbourne of Claremore Assembly of God, the woman's pastor of 14 years, said he ran past firefighters and climbed down the cliff to keep her company while they worked on a way to rescue her safely.
Mewbourne said a tree was the only thing that kept her from going into the Verdigris River.
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