Maryland Teen Rescued From Steep Ravine

Teen stranded for more than two hours

By Tonya LaFleur
|  Tuesday, Feb 2, 2010  |  Updated 6:48 AM EDT
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Maryland Teen Rescued From Steep Ravine

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A teen is rescued from a ravine.

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Maryland Teen Rescued From Steep Ravine

A 16-year-old boy in Cheverly, Md. had to be rescued Monday night after falling 100 feet down a snowy ravine.
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A 16-year-old boy had to be rescued Monday night after falling 100 feet down a snowy ravine.

The teen went out walking at about 6 p.m. behind a home in the 13000 block of Marlton Center Drive in Upper Marlboro, Md.

He slipped on the snow and fell down about 100 feet. He was able to climb back up about 60 feet, but couldn’t go any further.

Finding a nearby tree, he hung on and started yelling for help.  It was nearly two hours before someone heard him.

A person living in a nearby home called 911. Firefighters and the Upper Marlboro Technical Rescue Team rushed to the scene.

They first tried to rescue the teen using a ladder on the ground. Unfortunately, he wasn’t stable enough for that method to be successful.

Rescuers had better luck when they tried deploying a rope and pulley system. A firefighter was lowered down and placed a safety harness around the teen.

At around 9 p.m., three hours after he first fell, the teen was finally back on top of the hill.

He was carried on a stretcher toward a team of paramedics. An ambulance rushed him a nearby trauma center, where he was checked out for any broken bones and possible hypothermia.

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