Teenager rescued from 270-foot waterfall in Washington state
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 01:24
May 22 - Police in Washington state rescue a 13-year-old boy stranded on a rock just above a 270-foot waterfall. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: A hiking expedition turned into a harrowing experience for a teenager from Burien, Washington when slipped while taking a dip in the Wallace River.
Thirteen year old William Hickman was hiking with his father on Saturday evening and stopped to cool off in the river, when he lost his footing and slipped on the rocks.
Hickman was carried away down a 10-foot waterfall (3 meter), and scrambled to safety on a narrow ledge beneath a large overhanging rock, just inches away from the main waterfall that plunged 270 feet.
When rescuers arrived, they found the Hickman drenched and crouching precariously beneath the rock. Police later said the rescue operation was hampered by the overhanging rock that jutted out, blocking a clear vertical descent by the helicopter.
Video released on Tuesday shows rescue workers using a ladder bridge placed across the fast-moving river to get to the teenager. He was fitted with a harness and then helped up the slippery rocks by a rescuer. Ten workers camped overnight with Hickman, before he was lifted to safety by a helicopter early Sunday morning.
Police said Hickman seemed unharmed at the time of the rescue but was going to be examined by a physician.
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