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Crews recue Utah teen after slip near waterfall

June 13, 2019

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Authorities say a Utah teenager escaped more serious injury by grabbing an improvised rope as he fell near a waterfall.

Utah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Cannon says the 17-year-old boy latched onto a garden hose after slipping near Bridal Veil Falls on Wednesday.

Cannon says he fell about 6 feet (2 meters) and hit his head, but the rope prevented him from tumbling farther down the cliff.

Rescue teams hoisted the teen from the cliff. He was transported to a Provo hospital.

Cannon says the boy was climbing up the falls with a group of teens.

He says people hiking or climbing in the mountains should always have the proper training and gear.