A 20-year-old woman from Las Vegas didn't have the greatest start to the new year after she fell and got stuck at Joshua Tree National Park last week while climbing at the Hemmingway Buttress.
According to park officials, Kennya Pimentel had to be rescued on January, 1, when she became wedged in a crevice that was about 100 feet above ground. They said she fell six feet before getting caught in the crevice.
Pimentel wasn't wearing a safety helmet and complained of both head and hip injuries.
National Park Service Rangers from Joshua Tree National Park, volunteers from the Joshua Tree Search and Rescue team, police and helicopters from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office all played a role in her rescue.
According to a release from the park, volunteers with the search and rescue team used a high-angle rescue system to extract Pimentel from the crevice, and then lowered her safely to the ground.
Pimentel was airlifted to Desert Regional Medical Center, fortunately she wasn't seriously injured. It took about five hours to rescue her.
Officials with Joshua Tree National Park said this was one of many search and rescue emergencies that happened at the park the week of the new year, but none of them resulted in serious injury.
They want to remind visitors to be careful and always bring necessary equipment and plenty of water when hiking and climbing in the park.