- Associated Press - Thursday, December 22, 2016

BRIDAL VEIL, Ore. (AP) - A hiker has been rescued after she slipped on ice and fell 40 feet down a cliff at Wahkeena Falls in the Columbia River Gorge.

Authorities said Thursday that the 57-year-old woman was able to break her fall by grabbing onto a tree branch and was expected to survive.

A rescue team was able to hike in about a mile and reach her.

The woman, who is visiting with a friend from Texas, has been taken to a local hospital.

Search and rescue officials are warning the public that the paths around the falls are icy and hiking is extremely dangerous at this time.

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