As of Tuesday, July 23, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
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.”