Emergency crews rescued a 17- and 18-year-old man from Stone Mountain Tuesday afternoon after authorities said they fell about 100 yards on the back side of the mountain.
Crews set up a high angle rope rescue because of where the victims were located.
The victims were walking in an area of the mountain known as The Lincoln Cut, which is normally closed off to the public. Park spokesman John Bankhead said the teens were walking with one of their adult neighbors and his 12-year-old son during an outing at the park.
Bankhead said it appeared as though the boys came to an obstacle which they tried to cross and didn't take seriously what might happen.
"You had two 17- and 18-year-old boys, and having raised three boys myself, they get to an area like this, they see something they want to pursue that might be a challenge to them," said Bankhead. "However, they were in a restricted area, and it's restricted for a reason. And I guess they found out what that reason was."
An air ambulance took the 18-year-old, who suffered head injuries, to Atlanta Medical Center. A ground ambulance took the 17-year-old to a nearby hospital.
Both teens were said to be alert and responsive to emergency responders.
Bankhead said the adult who was hiking with the teenagers told his 12-year-old son to stay on the mountain while he ran for help. Rescuers walked the 12-year-old down the mountain. Neither he nor his father were injured.
Bankhead said this appears to be an accident and no charges will be filed.
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Monday, September 1 2014 11:00 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:00:16 GMT
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