Sioux Falls woman speaks out after being rescued from Palisades State Park

Published: Apr. 19, 2021 at 7:44 AM CDT
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GARRETSON, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - A 22-year-old woman fell more than 40 feet while at Palisades State Park in Garretson Sunday. Just before 5:30 PM, the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office said multiple agencies went to the park for a “high angle rescue” of the woman. She was stuck on a cliff.

“We were kinda wedged in a little small nook in the rocks, so none of the firefighters could get to us right away,” Maryah Tople said, a friend of the victim.

Witnesses told Dakota News Now the woman’s friends quickly rushed to help her to prevent her from falling another 35 feet before first responders arrived. A bystander called 911.

“I held her up against the rock and made sure she stayed awake and conscious,” Tople said.

“It was really scary to be perfectly honest,” Terri Garcia said, a Minnesotan who was visiting the park.

Sgt. Maria Munkvold with the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office said Sioux Falls Fire Rescue crews were able to bring the woman to safety, where she got medical attention, but it was difficult to reach her.

“We were on a platform that was built for less than two people, and there were two of us and nobody could really get to us,” Tople said.

Gabrielle Sprinkel was the victim that had fallen. She suffered a severe concussion but is expected to fully recover, and she is grateful for her friend’s quick action.

“I owe her my life at this point because she held me up there when I couldn’t even hold myself,” Sprinkel said.

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