Wallace Falls is a beautiful Washington State attraction, but that doesn't make it any less perilous. A 13-year-old boy found himself trapped when he fell down one waterfall and narrowly avoided falling down another — a much more serious 270-foot drop.
At around 5 p.m. last night, the boy was wading in the river above Wallace Falls when he slipped and got carried down a 10-foot waterfall. He almost kept going, a drop that would have been a lot more difficult to survive, but he managed to scramble onto a one-foot wide rock.
He stayed there for eight and a half hours.
Rescuers had a difficult time getting the boy down, due to his precarious position.
Rescuers first tried to reach him by helicopter, but a rock overhang prevented them from getting a clear shot at reaching him. The first rescuer lowered down and tried to swing to the boy, but the friction from the rock ledge cut the rope, and the rescuer plunged into the river.
He finally got off the rock at 1:30 a.m., and was forced to camp with rescuers until 6 a.m. when they were flown out via helicopter.
The boy was wet and hypothermic when he was found, but he quickly changed into dry clothes. After being rescued, he was not in need of medical attention.
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