Girl injured after falling 30 feet from tree at Myre-Big Island State Park

Published 9:58 am Thursday, August 9, 2018

A 17-year-old girl was reportedly injured Wednesday after falling 30 feet from a tree at Myre-Big Island State Park.

The girl, whose name has not been released, was taken by Gold Cross Ambulance to Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea after experiencing hip and back pain, according to the Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were reportedly dispatched at about 2:15 p.m. Wednesday to the White Fox Campground site No. 83 on a report of a girl climbing a tree and not coming down, making comments about possibly jumping, according to a press release.

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The girl was reportedly still in the tree approximately 30 feet up on thin tree limbs when deputies arrived.

“Deputies tried to talk the female into coming down, but were unsuccessful,” the release states.

Deputies reportedly continued speaking to the juvenile before she moved and accidentally fell out of the tree, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

“The juvenile hit several branches before landing on her back/left side on the ground,” according to the Sheriff’s Office. “Deputies immediately started to render first aid to the juvenile. The juvenile was still conscious and was able to answer the deputy’s question.”

The Albert Lea Fire Department was requested to assist with a ladder truck.

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