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Teenage camper rescued after hiking fall

June 26, 2011

DARGAN — A 17-year-old female who fell about 30 feet down a mountain hiking trail was taken to Meritus Medical Center with nonlife-threatening injuries Sunday morning after crews used a rope system to rescue her, Potomac Valley Fire Chief Eric Gray said.

The teenager was attending a weekend retreat at Camp Manidokan, which is off Harpers Ferry Road, Gray said. Rescuers used Back Road to get close to the area, which is near the Potomac River.

The retreat organizers were renting space at Camp Manidokan, which has about 300 acres bordered by the Potomac River and C&O Canal, according to its website at www.bwccampsandretreats.com/Manidokan.html.

She was hiking a trail along a steep incline around 10 a.m. Sunday when she slipped and fell about 30 feet, Gray said. The fall was not a vertical drop, but more of a roll down the mountain, he said.

The teen had an arm injury and minor head injuries, he said.

Rescuers used a rope system to get her down about 40 feet to a walking path, Gray said. Then they carried her about 100 yards to an ambulance, traveling a streambed with shallow water rather than a hilly hiking path, he said.

The rescue took about an hour, he said.

About 25 rescue personnel responded, Gray said. In addition to Potomac Valley, Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Co., Sharpsburg Area Emergency Medical Services, Washington County Special Operations and Washington County Medic 1820 out of the Rohrersville substation responded.

— Julie E. Greene


— Julie E. Greene

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