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A 19-year-old woman fell about 100 feet from the Rimrocks early Tuesday, suffering multiple injuries and prompting a major rescue effort above the North Side.

Billings police did not release the woman's name on Tuesday, and information on her condition was not available. She was being treated at St. Vincent Healthcare.

According to police, the woman was sitting on the edge of the Rims above the 1900 block of 11th Avenue North talking with two female companions just before 2 a.m. While she was speaking, the woman slipped off the edge.

She hit a ledge and fell another 40 feet, said Gene Speidel, acting fire battalion chief. Her two companions notified authorities on a cell phone, then climbed down to the ledge, but could not reach the woman from there.

Speidel said an engine crew at the bottom of the Rims walked in about a half-mile to lead the two uninjured women down. A police officer reached the victim to assess her condition. From above, a fire rescue crew rappelled down to the woman. She was placed in a basket and lifted to the top at about 4 a.m.

Police said alcohol was a factor in the incident.

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