Two teens critical after plummeting 400ft down sheer granite rockface at Stone Mountain Park
- The 17-year-old boy and 18-year-old man were hiking in a fenced-off area
- The two slipped and fell around 400ft down two slopes into a ravine
- The younger boy has been locally named as Jason Landess
- Landess is believed to have suffered two broken jaws and internal bruising
- They were with an adult and a 12-year-old boy from their church group
- Neither the 12-year-old or his father were injured
By Ruth Styles Daily Mail PUBLISHED: 24 July 2013
A teenage boy and an 18-year-old man are in hospital after falling several hundred feet from a cliff in Georgia’s Stone Mountain Park yesterday.
The pair are said to have serious injuries including broken jaws and bruising on the brain and lungs.
According to park authorities, the incident happened after the twosome bypassed warning signs and fell while walking along an area known as the Lincoln Cut, which is typically closed to the public.
Park spokesman John Bankhead said they were hiking with a man and his 12-year-old son when they wandered into the restricted area, apparently bypassing fences and signs warning visitors to stay out.
His stepmother Ange Landress told WSB-TV that her stepson suffered two broken jaws and bruises on his brain and lungs.
Both of the injured were said to be alert and conscious as emergency services rushed them from the park.
According to DeKalb County Fire Deputy Chief Norman Augustin the teenagers, who were part of the same church group, when they wandered away and ended up in the dangerous Lincoln Cut area of Stone Mountain.
The 18-year-old reportedly began sliding first followed by the younger boy. The 12-year-old boy, who had followed them, was ‘trapped but unhurt.’
‘He didn’t realise at the bottom of that slope was a 12- to 20-foot drop,’ Augustin said in a statement to local newspaper, the Gwinnett Daily Post.
‘[That was] followed by another slope and another 12- to 20-foot drop… They both ended up in the ravine.’
According to Augustin, the Lincoln Cut is used by his department for rope training which meant firemen were able to rig up a rope system and get both of the teenagers out.
Stone Mountain is a popular beauty spot, famous for the 1,686ft quartz rock monolith at its heart and for the bas relief carvings of Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and Jefferson Davis that adorn its north face.
Although accidents in the park are rare, there have been several incidents including a 2003 accident which ended with a small plane crashing into the south face of the mountain.
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