Injured youth rescued after 25-foot fall down ravine

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HURRICANE — A 16-year old male fell 25 feet down a ravine near the Olympus Academy at 1500 E. 2700 South in Hurricane, and after a brief search, the injured youth was found and transported in stable condition to the hospital Saturday afternoon.

Just after 4 p.m., St. George Communications Center received a call reporting that a youth at Olympus Academy had fallen down a 25-foot ravine and was injured. The 16-year-old was approximately 300 yards from the main building and somehow slipped and fell into the ravine, Washington County Search and Rescue Deputy Darrell Cashin said.

As Hurricane Valley Fire and Rescue responded to the Olympus Academy, they initially were unable to locate the injured youth, Cashin said.

At that point, Washington County Search and Rescue’s high-angle rescue team was called and responded to help in the search.  Life Flight was also called and put on standby in case they were needed to locate the youth but were canceled before taking off, Cashin said.

Meanwhile another youth climbed down the ravine and alerted emergency personnel to the location of the injured 16-year-old, and they began the rescue operation.

The victim had been rendered unconscious by the fall but was awake and bleeding from a head wound by the time emergency personnel located him. The bleeding was controlled while search and rescue crews prepared for a high-angle rescue; the youth was secured to a backboard to prevent further injury and lifted the 25 feet to the top of the ravine.

The medical director for Washington County’s Search and Rescue EMS team responded to the location as well, where he provided an initial assessment of the youth’s injuries and stabilized him for transport to the hospital, Cashin said.

The youth was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George by Hurricane Valley Fire and Ambulance in stable condition.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

St. George News Reporter Mori Kessler contributed to this story.

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  • ladybugavenger January 30, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    Oh no! Don’t give him pain pills!!!

  • IDIOT COMMENTERS January 30, 2016 at 11:54 pm


  • .... January 31, 2016 at 12:55 am

    Oh no ! Don’t let him eat ladybugs cooking ! because he will jump off the cliff on purpose.

    • ladybugavenger January 31, 2016 at 12:37 pm

      I don’t know about that….the bacon and eggs I just cooked and ate are delicious! I’ll cook for and make you jump off a cliff tho 😉

      • .... February 1, 2016 at 9:27 am

        Bacon. ? You ate the village dog for breakfast ? so now you gotta run up to the animal shelter and get another dog ?

  • debbie February 1, 2016 at 12:08 am

    Very proud of the Olympus youth that bravely climbed down the ravine and helped in locating the other teenager. I don’t know what Olympus is but, it sounds like a place where incredible youth have lived incredible lives and are just about ready or getting ready to go out in the world and make a real difference. The youth that helped with rescuing their friend sounds like a real hero, a brave selfless person that i hope will enter an academy one day and become a search and rescue ranger…. our world needs lots of those guys… hopefully this person will succeed in life and move in this general direction.. I am just always so proud of young people that do amazing things. Good Job!

    • sagemoon February 1, 2016 at 8:33 am

      Olympus Academy is a residential treatment center for teens with a variety of issues. The good news? It sounds like our hero kid has made good progress there. Good for him and good for the counselors and teachers who have worked with him. Treatment does work.

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