A 12-year-old boy from Pennsylvania is fighting for his life Tuesday night at a Charleston hospital after enduring a 30-foot fall from a cliff.
It happened Monday afternoon as the boy and another youth were exploring in the Rock Run area, near the Pleasants-Ritchie County line.
The victim, who has not been identified, slipped on an icy spot and fell, struck a rock and fell a few more feet. Rescuers were able to recover the youth, even though the area is rough terrain.
"It's just a road, it's not very well maintained, it was covered twice," says Deputy Pete Templeton, of the Pleasants County Sheriff's Department. "Nothing but a four-wheel-drive or ATV would have got back in there to start with. The area he was back in, luckily, wasn't too far of the road and they were able to get the ambulance back there."
The victim's name is not being released, at the request of his family, but Deputy Templeton told us Tuesday he was in "very bad shape" when he was taken to Charleston Area Medical Center.