School climbing trip goes horribly wrong as 16-year-old boy plunges off a mountain while fellow students helplessly watch before he gets trapped on the cliff
- A 16-year-old boy fell up to seven meters on Mount Arapiles, Victoria, on Tuesday
- He was taken to Horsham Public Hospital in stable condition
- Two students were also trapped on the cliff after witnessing the fall
- Rescuers couldn’t winch them, so they resorted to ropes
- Mount Arapiles is a very difficult climb, even for experienced climbers
Three teenagers have been rescued from a cliff after a rock climbing adventure went horribly wrong.
The Melbourne students were picked up from Mount Arapiles, west of Victoria, around 3pm on Tuesday after a boy fell and two others got stuck.
The 16-year-old was taken by ambulance to Horsham Public Hospital where he is in stable condition and is undergoing treatment for lower body injuries.
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Three Melbourne students have been rescued from Mount Arapiles, west of Victoria, after a 16-year-old boy fell five to seven meters down the cliff and two others became trapped.
“We’re not sure how far he actually fell, but he landed on a rocky ledge about five to seven meters above ground level,” a rescuer said. Seven news.
“He was complaining about the injuries, obviously with a fall like that.”
Rescue teams initially tried to reach the teenager with a helicopter and a winch, but had to resort to ropes to lower him to the ground.
Fire and Rescue Victoria, SES, Country Fire Authority and Ambulance Victoria attended the scene.
Rescuers first tried to reach the teenager with a helicopter and a winch, but had to resort to ropes to lower him to the ground.
SES Victoria has warned that Mount Arapiles is a very difficult climb, even for experienced climbers
The news comes after four other climbers had to be rescued from the mountain in late February.
A 67-year-old climber suffered a head injury and got stuck – along with three other climbers – on the mountain’s cliff.
A high-angle rescue team was able to reach the group two hours later.
SES Victoria has warned that Mount Arapiles is a very difficult climb even for experienced climbers.