Indiana conservation officers early last Tuesday morning helped rescue a teenager who fell from a cliff in the Hoosier National Forest the previous night.
At approximately 11:30 p.m. Monday, June 24, ICOs Zach Howerton and Logan Hodges responded to the 4000 block of South Hatfield Road in Crawford County regarding a missing juvenile who had not been seen for an estimated four hours.
ICOs determined the juvenile had left the area on his all-terrain vehicle and possibly traveled to the Hoosier National Forest to explore caves.
At approximately 1:05 a.m., responders formed a search team and set out in attempts to locate the juvenile near Messmore Cliffs. While searching, Hodges made verbal contact with the juvenile, learning that he had fallen 50 to 60 feet from the cliffs.
At approximately 3:57 a.m., search crews removed the juvenile from the area, and he was flown to University of Louisville Hospital for head, lower back and leg injuries.
"There is no doubt the officers' knowledge of the area and expertise from being members of the Indiana Conservation Officer Cave Rescue Team played a huge role in locating, securing and transporting this juvenile to safety," said Major Tim Beaver of Indiana Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement.
Conservation officers were assisted by the Indiana State Police, Crawford County Sheriff's Department, Crawford County Emergency Medical Services, English Volunteer Fire Department, Crawford County Emergency Management Agency and the English Police Department.