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Jul 5, 2013 2:37 PM by Michelle Erwin

Six people rescued near Pena Blanca Lake

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY - Six people suffered injuries, some serious, after falling off a cliff near Pena Blanca Lake.

It happened early Friday morning. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Air Marine's Tucson Air Branch was dispatched to Forest Road 39 off of Route 289 for a report of a person who fell about 20 feet and broke his ankle.

Fire crews staged at Pena Blanca Lake. They later learned a total of six people were walking in the dark when they fell off a cliff.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Air Marine's Tucson Air Branch later used a Blackhawk helicopter to haul the people out of the ravine one at a time. Three people were flown to UAMC. Two others were taken to the hospital by ambulance and another refused treatment.

Fire officials say the injuries involved head trauma and multiple fractures.

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