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Boonsboro man airlifted from Allegany County cliff after fall

May 17, 2010

PINTO, Md. -- Maryland State Police said they airlifted an injured Boonsboro man from a rocky Western Maryland cliffside Sunday after he fell about 40 feet from Dan's Rock Scenic Overlook about 15 miles southwest of Cumberland, Md.

Police said they used a helicopter to hoist the unidentified 19-year-old from the mountainside Sunday evening.

The man was taken to a nearby farm, where he was transferred to another state police helicopter that took him to the Western Maryland Regional Trauma Center in Cumberland, according to Jon Miller, deputy chief of the Midland (Md.) Volunteer Fire Department.

Police spokesman Greg Shipley said emergency workers with the Midland Volunteer Fire Department were able to reach the victim, bandage his wounds and secure him to a backboard before the helicopter arrived.

Shipley said the cliff was too steep and rocky to allow rescuers to carry the victim back up the slope.

The man was with a group of about five people from Frostburg (Md.) State University, Miller said.

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-- From staff and wire reports

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