Complicating things was the wet weather at the time, which Price described as like “a monsoon.” This made the environment more slick and dangerous for the rescuers, presenting an even greater need to be careful and methodical.
The whole rescue took about four hours, said Price, although responders remained on the scene until after midnight.
“Everybody did a great job,” said Price. “The rescue personnel got out safe, with no injuries.”
The boy’s condition was not believed to be life-threatening, according to Price, though he apparently had “some trouble breathing and may have had some broken ribs.” He also complained of leg pain, said Price.
Considering the fall he took, however, the boy’s physical condition could have been much worse, noted Price.
“He was talking to us,” said Price. “We tried to keep him in good spirits until we could get him out, but he talked to us the whole way.”
Due to the weather, AirMeth-ods was not able to fly the youth to Lexington that evening. Though a condition was unavailable due to the unreleased name, Price said the last report he heard indicated that the boy was taken to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital at first, and would later be transported to Lexington by ground.
Responding to the scene were the Parkers Mill, Burnside, Bronston, Ferguson, and Tateville Fire Departments, Somerset-Pulaski County EMS, Somerset-Pulaski County Rescue Squad, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, and Pulaski County Hazmat.