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Teens rescued after fall on Stone Mountain; one critical

STONE MOUNTAIN — Two teen boys had to be rescued and hospitalized Tuesday after falling while exploring a restricted area of Stone Mountain.

DeKalb County Fire Deputy Chief Norman Augustin said four members of a church group — an 18-year-old, a 17-year-old, a 12-year-old and an adult — were on the mountain Tuesday when, according to the adult, the boys “wandered away” and ended up in an area closed to the public. The 18-year-old reportedly began sliding down the slope. The 17-year-old followed suit.

“He didn’t realize at the bottom of that slope was a 12- to 20-foot drop,” Augustin said, “followed by another slope and another 12- to 20-foot drop … They both ended up in the ravine.”

The teens were in the “Lincoln Cut” section of Stone Mountain, the product of long-ago marble extraction to help produce the Lincoln Memorial. Augustin said his department actually uses the area for rope training.

Using that training, firefighters built a rope system and were able to extract both teens.

The 18-year-old had moderate to severe injuries, Augustin said, and was taken to Atlanta Medical Center via helicopter. The 17-year-old was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center via ambulance. Both were in stable condition.

The 12-year-old boy, who didn’t follow his older counterparts all the way down, was “trapped but unhurt.”

Comments

NewsReader 1 year, 8 months ago

I wonder if they understand why it is designated "restricted area". Never mind. It was a rhetorical question.

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Why_not 1 year, 8 months ago

Lets hope they all recover quickly regardless of their bad judgement.

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dentaldawg83 1 year, 8 months ago

nice job of shapperoning dad...get yourself a decent civil lawyer cause you're gonna need it..

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Why_not 1 year, 8 months ago

I guess no one has any concern for the injured kids....sad...........

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NewsReader 1 year, 8 months ago

Well you expressed concern Why_not - unless you consider yourself to be "no one"! Look, we're all glad that they will recover without life threatening injuries. But the fact remains the Emergency Room is filled every day by the judgement, or lack thereof, of people. Admittedly, I had a few visits to the Emergency Room in my lifetime for doing stupid stuff as a kid. So go cry us a bucket full as if you somehow have more compassion for these kids than the rest of us. Whaaa!

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SnellvilleTod 1 year, 8 months ago

Sad that the individuals were hurt. GDP, I would like to know how they used to mine "marble" from Stone Mountain?

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Karl 1 year, 8 months ago

Well, they used to mine marble from Stone Mountain. But they took it all and the only thing left is granite. ;-)

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kevin 1 year, 8 months ago

Were the warning signs readable?

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NewsReader 1 year, 8 months ago

You mean how I inadvertently misspelled "judgment"? Wow, you got me there! I am just overwhelmed by your intellectual prowess. You added so much to the conversation. Really, you did!

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NotMyName 1 year, 8 months ago

Why would you start the comments by making fun of these kids for doing what they did and then turn around and almost defend them a few posts later? Spin city.

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