Crews Use Ropes To Rescue Teen Camper After Fall

DARGAN, Md. (AP) — Fire officials say rescue crews used a rope system to rescue a 17-year-old girl who fell about 30 feet down a mountain hiking trail in western Maryland near the Potomac River.

Potomac Valley Fire Chief Eric Gray says the girl suffered non-life-threatening head and arm injuries.

Gray described the fall as a roll down the mountain rather than a vertical drop. He says rescuers used ropes to get her down about 40 feet to a walking path, then carried her about 100 yards to an ambulance. The operation took about an hour.

The teen was attending summer camp at Camp Manidokan’s Methodist retreat.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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