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Near Misses
Incidents that could have resulted in a fatality, but did not.

Seacoast Online
September 8, 2010

Teen saved from cliff
Firefighters respond quickly to friend's call
By Charles McMahon

Firefighters on Tuesday made a dramatic rescue when a local teenager became trapped nearly 50 feet above the ground after getting stuck on a cliff at the Great Hill Fill & Gravel pit.

Assistant Fire Chief Gerald Moynahan said rescue crews were dispatched to the gravel pit located off Goodwin Road shortly after 5 p.m., following a frantic phone call from a friend of the juvenile who was stuck on the steep cliff.

"There were a couple of kids messing around, and one tried to climb up the banking almost to the top and the gravel started getting loose, and he got a little scared and thought he was going to fall," Moynahan said.

Within minutes, firefighters arrived on scene and had to cut a chain attached to a locked gate that prevented access to the gravel pit, said Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Spinney.

Upon arriving on scene, Spinney said the juvenile was found and he "couldn't go up or down."

Less than 20 minutes later, firefighters climbed to the top of the gravel banking and threw a rope down to the teenager, who was clinging onto the steep gravel wall, Spinney said.

"He was in severe danger," Spinney said. "The gravel was starting to crumble where he was standing. If we had gotten there five minutes later, the banking could've fallen apart and he would have taken a pretty nasty fall."

Spinney said firefighters then secured the rope around the teenager and pulled him to safety.

Moynahan said the situation could have been much worse had the rescue crew not responded quickly.

Moynahan said the teenager was unharmed and was released to his parents. The assistant fire chief said because the teenagers were trespassing behind a locked gate, police would be getting involved.