A teenager has fallen 20m down a cliff while on a bush walk in the Manawatu George this afternoon.

The accident happened on the gorge track approximately 12 km east from Palmerston North.

A Fire Service spokesman said emergency services were called to the Red Falls section of the track.

Palmerston North senior sergeant Steve Crawford said a 17-year-old girl had fallen down the cliff but struggled to climb back on to the track.

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A rescue helicopter winched her to safety and she was taken to Palmerston North Hospital.