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Deputy: Man rescued from High Rock was 'highly intoxicated'

Washington Co. Sheriff's Dept. has yet to confirm identity

Washington Co. Sheriff's Dept. has yet to confirm identity

November 18, 2009|By HEATHER KEELS

CASCADE -- The man rescued Tuesday after a fall at High Rock was "highly intoxicated" when he slipped while trying to retrieve the lid from his cooler, a Washington County Sheriff's Department deputy said Wednesday.

As of Wednesday night, the Sheriff's Department still had not confirmed the man's identity, Deputy Jason Logsdon said.

The man already had been removed when Logsdon arrived at the scene, he said. The man was taken by ambulance to a helicopter and flown to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

Logsdon said his attempts to learn the man's name and condition were unsuccessful Wednesday.

Logsdon said he interviewed three men who witnessed the fall. The witnesses said the man who fell was already at High Rock, a scenic overlook on Pen Mar High Rock Road, when they arrived. The man was drinking beer from a cooler and "just kind of hanging out," Logsdon said.

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At one point, the lid from the cooler fell off the rock, and the man said he was going to go get the lid, Logsdon said. He got off the rock and walked around behind it onto an embankment below the overlook, Logsdon said.

At that point, the witnesses "heard a noise -- a boom, a bang, an ouch, an ooch," and looked down, Logsdon said.

"They saw he had slipped on the leaves and rolled several feet, and came resting against a tree," Logsdon said.

The fall was on a steep slope, but it did not appear to be a sheer drop, said Logsdon, who guessed the man rolled about 15 to 20 feet.

The man did not have a vehicle at the site, so Logsdon said he thought the man might have lived nearby.

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