Billings firefighters assisted Iixohgadagiiwia SageGirl Gwin, an 18-year-old woman from the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota, after she became stuck in a tree behind the Quality Inn where her family was staying on Saturday.

After climbing up surrounding trees, Gwin became stuck over 30 feet in the air. Family members watched as she struggled to climb down.

“I got curious and wandered too far,” Gwin said. “On my way up I kind of broke the branches so I couldn’t get down.”

Billings firefighters used a bucket truck to reach the stranded woman and return her safely to the ground. She did not suffer any injuries.

“I’ve been climbing trees since I could walk,” Gwin said.

However, Saturday was the first time that she became stuck.

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Photographer at The Billings Gazette