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Door County cliff fall serves as important reminder

Door County cliff fall serves as important reminder after woman falls 15 feet. (David Duchan/WLUK)
Door County cliff fall serves as important reminder after woman falls 15 feet. (David Duchan/WLUK)
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A woman is recovering after falling 15 feet from a cliff in Door County.

Emergency officials and park leaders say the incident should serve as an important reminder.

It happened Saturday, at Cave Point County Park, near Jacksonport.

The high cliffs overlooking Lake Michigan at Cave Point County Park, see many visitors throughout the year.

"We've seen up to 400,000 people come through each season, so it is very popular," said Erik Aleson,

Aleson, the Director of Door County Parks, says the cliffs offer a breath taking view for people to take pictures, but says there is one thing to keep in mind.

"Stay far enough back to get some nice views and pictures, but don't put yourself in a dangerous position," said Aleson.

Over the weekend a woman sightseeing fell about 15 feet from one of the cliffs onto another cliff. She is expected to make a full recovery.

"There are some steep cliffs and the water gets really rough up there," said Kalin Montevideo, the Assistant Fire Chief of Sturgeon Bay. "The water crashing against the cliffs and against the rocks, it's a really scary situation if you do fall," Montevideo said.

The fire department says it receives one to two calls a year about people falling off the cliffs. It says it's just a reminder to be safe when trying to capture the view.

"The scenery is beautiful up there and people are taking pictures maybe getting too close to the edge. People just need to be aware of their surroundings," said Montevideo.

"We certainly have a lot of exposed rocks, and rocks just below the surface along the shoreline there, so it's something that we always urge caution for visitors," Aleson added.

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Aleson says the parks have been debating putting a fence around some of the overlooks for years,but says it is still evaluating if a fence would take away from cliff's natural beauty.

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