Boy, 15, rescued from cliff in Sandia Mountains

Created: 06/08/2014 3:22 PM
By: APNewsNow, Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A 15-year-old boy stuck on a cliff in the Sandia Mountains has been rescued.

Albuquerque police say the boy, who is described as developmentally delayed, became separated Saturday while hiking with his church group.

Police spokesman Simon Drobnik says officers from the Open Space Unit joined Bernalillo County Fire Department medics for a search and rescue operation.

Officers found the boy nearly a mile up the trail stuck on a cliff face.

They say he had slid about 200 feet down and was stuck 500 feet from the bottom.

Drobnik says it took about two hours to lower the boy down using ropes and harnesses.

The boy was then taken to a hospital for abrasions to his back and arms and injuries to his hands.

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