- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—Harmar police say a woman scouting out a fishing spot along the Allegheny River bank had to be rescued Monday afternoon when she fell down the hillside and suffered critical injuries.

Police said Ermine Dennis, who they say is in her 40s and from the Shaler area, was at the top of the hill near Dam No. 3 in Harmar about 5:30 p.m. with an acquaintance looking for a good fishing spot.

Police said the edge of the hillside gave way under her feet and she tumbled down about 20 feet, landing on sharp rocks.

Police said Dennis suffered facial and head injuries.

Dennis was upgraded from critical to serious condition Tuesday in UPMC Presbyterian hospital in Pittsburgh, according to a hospital spokesman.

Rescuers had to carry Dennis up the steep embankment in a rescue basket.

She was taken by Lower Valley Ambulance to a nearby soccer field, where a medical helicopter airlifted her to the hospital.

Rescue crews from Lower Valley Ambulance, Allegheny Valley Fire-Rescue and other units responded.

Police said the area near the dam, behind Cemline, which is an industrial site, is a popular fishing spot.

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