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2 teens injured in fall at Stone Mountain Park

Posted: Updated: July 30, 2013 02:00 PM
Photo by DeKalb County Fire Rescue Photo by DeKalb County Fire Rescue
Photo by DeKalb County Fire Rescue Photo by DeKalb County Fire Rescue
Photo by DeKalb County Fire Rescue Photo by DeKalb County Fire Rescue
Photo by DeKalb County Fire Rescue Photo by DeKalb County Fire Rescue
STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -

Two teenagers were hospitalized after falling off of a ledge at Stone Mountain Park on Tuesday.

DeKalb County Fire crews spent almost two hours rescuing three people after they took a fall while hiking around 1 p.m.

The hikers -- aged 12, 17 and 18 -- somehow got off the path and came upon a pond or lake.

"One of the boys had the idea of sliding down either a culvert or pipe near this lake where water runs off. He began to slide and couldn't stop," said John Bankhead of the Stone Mountain Police Department.

The 18-year-old slid down first, according to Capt. Stevey Dukes, who led the rescue team.

"He fell roughly 100 yards down a slope with about an 18-foot fall," Dukes said. "He had critical facial and multiple bone fractures."

That teen was airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center. Rescuers said that he was alert and talking as he was being transported.

Police said the 17-year-old tried to reach his injured friend, but also slid and was hurt. The 17-year-old was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center by ambulance.  

The 12-year-old wasn't injured, according to police.

Authorities said that the culvert that the boys found and tried to slide down is in a restricted area and it is well marked. The father of the 12-year-old said they never saw any signs.

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