2 Teens Fall 400Ft from Stone Mountain Park Cliff In Georgia: How Did 17-Year-Old Jason Landess And His Friend Survive The Fall?
Two teens tumbled off a 400-foot-tall cliff in Georgia's Stone Mountain Park on Tuesday. Seventeen-year-old Jason Landess and his 18-year-old friend were hiking in a fenced-off area of the park known as Lincoln Cut, an area the Dekalb County Fire Department uses for rope training, when the pair slipped and fell hundreds of feet into a ravine. Miraculously, both teens survived, but not without some bumps and bruises.
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The two teens who fell in Stone Mountain Park were part of the same church group and were accompanied by an adult male and his 12-year-old son, both of who were uninjured. They were wandering a closed-off area in the park and even bypassed warning sings. The Daily Mail reports that the younger teen, Landress, suffered internal bruising on his brain and lungs and a broken jaw. The other teen also suffered serious injuries and was taken away in a medical helicopter to Atlanta Medical Center.
"[The 18-year-old] didn't realize at the bottom of that slope was a 12- to 20-foot drop," Norman Augustin, deputy chief of the DeKalb County Fire Department, told the Gwinnett Daily Post. "Followed by another slope and another 12- to 20-foot drop ... They both ended up in the ravine."
According to AP, both of the young men were alert and conscious when medical teams arrived on the scene.
Stone Mountain is famous for the enormous bas-relief, or raised stone carving, on its north face depicting three figures of the Confederate States of America. It's the largest bas-relief in the world.
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