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Teen hiker rescued after tumbling down mountain

By KSL.com | Posted - Aug. 25, 2015 at 12:47 p.m.



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BOX ELDER COUNTY — Two friends are getting the credit for helping an injured teen hiker in Box Elder County.

Three 16-year-old boys from the Willard area were hiking east of South Willard on a rocky mountainside between McGuire and Pearson canyons on Monday evening around 7 p.m. when one boy fell down the mountainside, according to a news release from the Box Elder County Sheriff's Office.

Emergency dispatch received a call around 7 p.m. Monday that the boy had "tumbled down some rocks" about 40 feet and had injuries, including to his head. The two friends were not injured and helped control bleeding until help arrived, according to the release.

Willard first responders hiked to the boys' location before Box Elder Search and Rescue worked with LifeFlight from Ogden to rescue the boy. Rescuers estimate the teen fell closer to 250 to 300 feet down the mountain and had "severe" injuries to his head and extremities.

The teen was flown via LifeFlight to McKay Dee Hospital and was reportedly in serious but stable condition.

Contributing: Tracie Snowder

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