Man, woman seriously hurt in park

Pair in Shock Trauma after falling 50 feet

June 24, 2008|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Sun reporter

A man and woman were rescued yesterday evening after they fell about 50 feet from a rocky outcropping in Patapsco Valley State Park and suffered serious injuries, a Baltimore County Fire Department spokeswoman said.

About 8 p.m., they were sitting on the outcropping in a remote section of the park overlooking the Patapsco River when the woman stood up and slipped, said Elise Armacost, the spokeswoman.

She said the woman's companion grabbed her and that both fell about 50 feet.

Their names were not released.

County firefighters assigned to the Urban Search and Rescue squad from Engine 17 in Texas responded and aided in rescuing the pair.

A surgeon and an anesthetist assigned to the Go-Team from Maryland Shock Trauma Center were flown to the scene by state police helicopter from Frederick.

"It's usually a sign of serious injury when the Go-Team is dispatched," said Armacost, who declined to describe the injuries.

Both of the injured were flown by a helicopter stationed at Glenn L. Martin Airport in Middle River to Shock Trauma, where they were treated and admitted in critical condition, Armacost said in a news release.

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