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Monday, February 1, 2010

High-Angle Rescue in Upper Marlboro

Just before 8:00 PM, February 1, 2010, firefighters from the Upper Marlboro area and the Departments Technical Rescue Team were alerted to a High-Angle Rescue.

According to witnesses, at about 6:00 PM, a teen-aged male had fallen down a steep snowy hill leading to a ravine approximately 100 feet to the bottom. He started to climb up the side of the ravine and ascended about 60 feet when he found it impossible to climb any further. He perched himself on a tree about 30-40 feet from the top and started to yell for help. Almost 2 hours had passed when a resident heard the calls for help and went to investigate. Once located, 911 was contacted. This started the chain of events for a rescue.

The scene is located deep into a wooded area in the rear of 13210 Marlton Center Drive in Upper Marlboro. An attempt to rescue the victim by using a ground ladder was made by first arriving firefighters but the victim was too unstable to attempt the climb. The High-Angle Team deployed a rope and pulley rescue system and lowered a firefighter down to the victim’s location. Firefighters made patient contact around 9:00 PM. The victim was placed into a safety harness and brought up to the top. Paramedics evaluated the teen and are transporting him to a Trauma Center for evaluation of possible injuries and hypothermia.

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