A woman swinging on a rope over the American River near Rancho Cordova fell onto the banks, severely injuring herself.
Sac Metro firefighters were called to the Clay Banks, an area just upriver from River Bend Park, about 2 p.m. Sunday. Fire boat crew members, assisted by the fire district's helicopter, found the woman.
The woman, who was in her 30s, was drifting in and out of consciousness when rescue help arrived, said a press release from the fire district. She had suffered injury to her head and chest.
Friends told firefighters that she was swinging on a rope swing that broke. The woman fell 15 feet to the bank, hitting the ground face first. She was taken to UC Davis Medical Center.