Two Teens Clinging to Rocks on Edge of Waterfall Rescued
Two teens stranded in the middle of a creek clinging on the edge of a waterfall were rescued.
State Police from the Catskill barracks responded to a report of two teens that could not make it up a trail to the Route 23 overpass of the Catskill Creek.
Upon arrival, troopers discovered that the two teens, one 14-year-old, and the other 15 years old were stranded in the middle of the creek clinging to a rock ledge at the edge of an approximately 15-foot waterfall.
Troopers requested assistance from the Leeds Fire Department and Greene County Paramedics. Emergency personnel were able to deploy a lifeline across the water in the vicinity of the teens.
The 14-year-old was able to grab the line and was guided to the shoreline uninjured. The 15-year-old then attempted to follow but lost his grip on the line and was swept over the falls into a pool of water below becoming completely submerged.
While he was being carried downstream, a secondary lifeline was deployed that the teen was able to grab. As rescuers were pulling him towards shore, he again lost his grip on the line.
A medic was able to enter shallower water downstream and secure the victim, until a third line was deployed and was successfully used to extract the teen from the water.
The 15 year old was transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital to be treated for possible hypothermia and minor injuries