Child Injured by Rock at Bridal Veil Falls

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PROVO CANYON, Utah (ABC4 Utah) Search and rescue crews responded to a boy injured by a rock at Bridal Veil Falls Monday evening. 
 
Officials say a “football-sized” rock fell over five feet and hit the 12-year-old boy in head while hiking with family. It’s unclear if the rock came loose on it’s own, or was knocked by someone above them. Due to the steepness rocks can move fast and cause serious damage in a short distance.
 
It took search and rescue crews, and North Fork Fire Department over an our just to make it up the steep cliff to where the boy was. Because of the angle of the cliff crews had to use a basket and ropes to get the boy down. Sgt. Spencer Cannon of the Utah County Sheriff’s Office said the rescue took nearly two and a half hours because of the precaution they had to use.
 
“They have to set up a series of anchoring systems to make sure as they’re bringing him down that they don’t make his injuries worse, or create new injuries by letting him slip or fall,” said Sgt. Cannon.
 
Once the ground the boy was rushed to a nearby hospital. Officials say he suffered a major gash on his head and numbness in his shoulder, but he is expected to recover.
 

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