Woman falls off UK cathedral, rescued by copter

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Associated Press

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 29 at 12:36 PM

LONDON (AP) — England is known for its beautiful old cathedrals — but they can be dangerous as well.

That was the case Tuesday when a tour of Wells Cathedral in Somerset went horribly wrong. A rescue spokesman said a 68-year-old woman fell about 20 feet (6 meters), landing between two turrets roughly 150 feet (46 meters) off the ground.

A spokesman said the woman was part of a tour group looking at the higher parts of the cathedral who slipped and fell.

She had to be winched to safety and airlifted by helicopter as a crowd gathered below. She was taken to a Bristol hospital for treatment of arm and pelvic injuries.

The popular cathedral is located 125 miles (200 kilometers) west of London.

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