A 71-year-old dogwalker was rescued Tuesday after falling about 200 feet down a steep embankment in Mill Valley.

The incident was reported at about 3 p.m., when the dogwalker called a client to say she had fallen down a ravine and did not know where she was, said Mill Valley fire Battalion Chief Scott Barnes. The client went to the downtown fire station to seek help.

The sheriff's department helped Mill Valley firefighters locate the victim's position through "pings" to her cell phone, Barnes said. Rescuers found the woman down a poison oak-covered incline off the Blithedale Ridge Fire Road.

The woman appeared confused and possibly suffering from a head injury, so firefighters retrieved her with a line attached to a rescue basket. She was taken to Marin General Hospital for treatment.

One of her clients came to the rescue site and collected about six dogs she had been walking.

Contact Gary Klien via email at gklien@marinij.com or https://twitter.com/GaryKlien

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