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12-year-old hurt in fall down mountain during field trip

May 10, 2002|By MARIO RENTERÍA

Staff Writer

OCOTILLO — A 12-year-old Seeley boy suffered a broken ankle and lacerations after he tumbled down the side of a mountain during a school field trip here on Thursday.

The boy and his seventh- grade classmates from Seeley Elementary School were on a field trip observing Indian hieroglyphics near Ocotillo, said Seeley school Superintendent Dave Watson.

The class had climbed the side of a mountain to observe the hieroglyphics. On the way back down the 12-year-old boy slipped and tumbled about 15 feet, according to a press release from the Ocotillo Fire Department.


Watson said the fall happened about 12:30 p.m. Watson was not at the scene but once he was notified of the incident he rushed to the site.

He told a U.S. Border Patrol agent what had happened and asked for assistance. The agent reported the incident and the Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue unit responded to the scene, as did Gold Cross paramedics and the Ocotillo Fire Department.

The boy was still about a quarter mile up the mountain, said Watson.

He added the BORSTAR unit did a good job getting to him.

"I can't compliment them enough. Their response time and everything was fantastic. It was really good," he said.

Agents climbed up the mountain, strapped the boy to a stretcher and carried him down to flatter land where a Mercy Air helicopter was waiting to transport him to the Children's Hospital in San Diego.

>> Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3441.

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