A young boy was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center yesterday evening after he fell more than 100 feet over a ledge near Lake Cumberland in the Garland Bend area.

The accident occurred shortly after 5 p.m.

Pulaski County Public Safety Director Tiger Robinson said the boy was with some friends when he leaned over a ledge, and grabbed onto a branch. The branch broke, sending the boy, who was identified by friends as 16-year-old Seth Neal, between 100 and 200 feet over the cliff.

Neal landed on a rocky area approximately 300 feet from the water’s edge, Robinson said.

Robinson, along with the Somerset Fire/EMS Department, the Pulaski County Rescue Squad, and Tateville, Burnside, and Bronston volunteer firefighters, responded to the scene.

Neal was unconscious, but breathing when emergency workers arrived, Robinson said.

Emergency crews had to lower Neal in a basket over another cliff to reach a boat which was waiting to transport him to Burnside Island.

From there, a LifeNet helicopter flew the boy to UK.

An emergency worker who was on the scene said Neal was in critical condition at the time of the incident. A UK spokeswoman did not have information on his condition at press time.

Robinson said a loan from Somerset Motor Sports came just in time to help rescue workers reach Neal.

“They had just loaned us some jet skis to use for the season, and we had just picked them up on Friday,” he said.

“Those were a big help to us. When we went out there, we weren’t sure where (Neal) was at, so the jet skis enabled us to find him easier and get to him quickly.”


WLEX-TV contributed to this story.

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