One released from hospital, other stable after 200-foot fall off Prettyboy Dam

Police say alcohol contributed to incident; unclear whether men were hiking or kayaking

  • A view of Prettyboy Dam and the waters that flow into Gunpowder Falls in Parkton.
A view of Prettyboy Dam and the waters that flow into Gunpowder… (Staff photo by Brian Krista )
June 30, 2014|By Sean Welsh and Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun

One patient was released from hospital care and another was in stable condition at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Monday, after the two fell 200 feet off Prettyboy Dam in northern Baltimore County this weekend, police said.

It was not clear whether the men, in their early 20s, were hiking or kayaking before the fall, Baltimore Environmental Police Officer Heidi Greenleaf said, but alcohol was a factor in the incident.

The men were not identified. The one who was released from York General Hospital had a broken left arm and head injuries, and the other remained hospitalized at Shock Trauma Monday with a severe head injury, possible broken bones and internal injuries, Greenleaf said.

Baltimore County crews were dispatched to the spillway at the reservoir at 7:25 p.m. Sunday, according to Baltimore County police spokesman Cpl. John Wachter.

The second man had to be carried in a basket up a flight of 100 steps to a spot where he could be evacuated, Greenleaf said. The technical rescue, by the environmental police; the Maryland Line Volunteer Fire Company and EMS; Hereford Volunteer Fire Company; and Baltimore County EMS, took more than 2 hours, she said.

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