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October 8, 2013

Rescuers find teen who fell 250 feet down cliff

Somerset —

Keith Price spent his Sunday evening not as a day of rest, but scaling the side of a steep bluff in harrowing conditions order to save the life of a teenage boy.
That’s after the 13-year-old slipped off the cliffside and fell approximately 250 feet, landing on a small ledge only a couple of hundred feet from the water below.
“It was really treacherous to get to him,” said Price, assistant chief of the Parkers Mill Fire Department.
The juvenile — whose name was not released — was apparently hiking in an area near Cumberland Drive off of Ky. 90 when the incident happened, according to Price. The incident likely took place around 6 p.m., and emergency responders got the call at about 7 p.m.
“He apparently just got too close to the edge,” said Price. “It was really slick.”
Price described the incline as being “almost vertical,” with nowhere to actually stand; “There was barely enough room to hang on to a tree.”
Price said that responders took a couple of boats and went to the foot of the cliff, visible from the Waitsboro Recreation Area, then used ropes to scale the hill to reach the boy.
“We had to find him first,” said Price. “Once we did, we brought EMS by boat, and scaled the hill to get up. ... You pull yourself from tree to tree to tree, and do whatever you’ve got to do to get there. It’s hard and dangerous.”
A stokes basket was employed — a rescue device with handles designed to move a patient through slopes and hazardous places — and the boy was brought down to the water, 200 feet below where he’d landed.
“It was easier going down than coming up,” said Price. “It takes a little bit of time, but you take your time and do it right, to where everybody comes home safe.”

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