According to State Police Sgt. Donald Lehman a mountainous area just north of Bishop Walsh High School was the scene of a hoist rescue performed by the Maryland State Police helicopter crew on Trooper 5, based at the Cumberland Airport on Tuesday evening, April 26, 2016.
Fire departments from the surrounding area including Cumberland City, LaVale, Bowling Green and Westernport, along with the crew of Trooper 5, were summoned to the area around 6:00 p.m. to rescue a victim injured in a 40 foot fall from a cliff.
Due to the victim’s location and the nature of his traumatic injuries, an aerial hoist was deemed to be the most appropriate method of extraction that would ensure rapid transport to a trauma center. As ground crews that included the High Angle Rescue Team worked diligently to stabilize and package the victim for an aerial hoist operation, the crew of Trooper 5 positioned the aircraft in a hover at a site located approximately 20 yards down the mountain. Using their training and the advanced capabilities of the AW-139 aircraft, the crew of Trooper 5 performed a successful hoist and transported the victim to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center.
Officers say the teen was conscious when rescuers arrived. They say he was taken to the local Western Maryland Medical Center with injuries that are not life-threatening.