Kentucky teen recovering after mountain rescue

Kentucky teen recovering after mountain rescue

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HARLAN, Ky. (AP) - A teenager is recovering after falling down a mountainside in eastern Kentucky and landing on a cliff where officials say he clung to some bushes for hours until being rescued.

Harlan County Rescue Squad Capt. Chris Allen told the Harlan Daily Enterprise that the juvenile appeared to have an injured knee or broken leg, but was awake and alert when officials arrived Thursday to get him down.

The teen, whose name was not released, had gone missing earlier in the morning from the Appalachian ChalleNGe Academy, which is a voluntary 22-week program for at-risk teens.

Academy Interim Director Josh Coldiron said staff realized the youth was missing a few minutes after he left and immediately called police and began searching for him.

After being rescued, the teen was treated at a local hospital.

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