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Sugarloaf Mountain rescue: Boy falls off cliff, hurts ankle

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Emergency crews had to use a rope to carefully get up and down a mountain Thursday to rescue a young boy who fell off a cliff. 

Sugarloaf Mountain sits about 10 miles south of Frederick. File photo: Lowell Silverman/Wikimedia Commons

Sugarloaf Mountain Natural Area

It happened around 1 p.m. at the Red and Green trails at Sugarloaf Mountain.

According to a map of the trail system, the Red and Green trails are near the summit of the 1,282-foot-tall mountain. It's located about 10 miles south of Frederick.

The 10-year-old boy fell 50 feet onto a ledge. His father was also hurt as he tried to stop his son’s fall.

Another hiker said he was in the area when he heard about the accident and saw the rescue.

“Some friends and I were on a hike and we helped carry the equipment up. It turns out a young man fell off the cliff. It’s pretty steep. It’s definitely pretty steep,” says Michael McKay.

The boy was flown to the hospital with a broken ankle. He father also suffered injuries to his ankle.

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