Teenager rescued after fall from cliff on Linville Falls trail

Thursday, August 18, 2011

NPS Digest is reporting this morning that on August 16th, two teenage boys on a family outing climbed over the containment wall at Erwin’s View on the Linville Falls trail. One of them slipped and went over the edge of a cliff, falling about 60 feet and ending up caught in a tree. He yelled back to his friend that he was uninjured but unable to free himself. A multi-agency rescue ensued. Due to the height and features of the cliff, the boy was short-hauled from his location by a National Guard helicopter and taken to a nearby landing zone. He was treated for minor cuts and scrapes and released.


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