72-year-old woman found alive after car fell into canyon (6 photos + 1 video)

19 December 2023

Police in the state of Idaho (USA) describe this case as a real miracle. An elderly woman who had not contacted her family for 4 days and was put on the wanted list was found next to a wrecked car at the bottom of the canyon. She was injured and could not move independently, but remained alive.

At approximately 11:40 a.m. on December 9, the Canyon County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) received a call from two men who had located a vehicle in the area of the intersection of Map Rock Road and Rim Road near Melba. The vehicle matched the description of a vehicle driven by 72-year-old Penny Kay Clark, who was wanted by the Nampa Police Department. Nampa police said the missing woman has not been in contact with her family since Tuesday, December 5th. People who called dispatch believed the car had driven off the canyon wall at the south end of Rim Road.

A short time later, county sheriff's deputies arrived on the scene. While deputies were scanning the area with binoculars from the canyon rim, they saw Penny Clark's vehicle approximately 180 meters from the canyon wall. Further observation made it possible to discover the owner of the car approximately 12 meters below the location of the car in the ravine.

Officers immediately set up a command post and began working with Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue on a plan to rescue the victim. Several other agencies were also dispatched to the scene - Life Flight Network, Nampa Police Department, Upper Deer Flat Fire Department and Melba Fire Department, Canyon County Paramedics and Idaho Fish & First Responders. Game.

Idaho Helicopter was prepared to send a helicopter to assist in the rescue operation, but in the end the helicopter was not needed: rescuers decided that the fastest way to reach the victim would be on foot.

At approximately 1:00 p.m., Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue were able to reach Penny Clark and determined that she was conscious and not in serious danger to life.

Due to the terrain, rescuers determined that the most effective way to provide qualified medical care would be to stabilize and transport the victim to a location on Map Rock Road where Life Flight rescuers and Canyon County paramedics were stationed.

It took search and rescue personnel about two hours to transport the woman from the scene of the accident to where paramedics were present. She got into the ambulance at approximately 15:00. Following an initial assessment by medical personnel on scene, Penny Clark was transferred to a Life Flight Network helicopter and flown to a local hospital for additional medical care.

“This is honestly one of the most miraculous cases I can remember in all my years of law enforcement and is a true testament to the strength and resilience of Penny Clark,” said Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue. “Medicals who examined her at the scene believe she had been there for at least a couple of days, most likely since Tuesday, when her family last spoke to her.” It's truly a miracle and I hope she makes a full recovery. I want to thank all the agencies that assisted us today, especially Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue for their efforts in getting Ms. Clark to safety. I would also like to sincerely thank the two men who located the vehicle and were able to determine that it was likely linked to the missing person reported to Nampa Police. It was a real team effort."

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