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Teen survives waterfall fall

A 17-year-old teen was transported to Penticton Regional Hospital, after falling from the top of a waterfall on Saturday.

Naramata Fire Chief Tony Trovao said there were three hikers in the Creek Park area. One of them was standing atop the waterfall when he lost his footing and fell 40 feet to the creek below.

The boy suffered a compound fracture to one leg and multiple cuts and bruises. Trovao said he did not know the full extent of his injuries at this time.

Penticton Search and Rescue were called to the scene and performed a high angle rescue to get the boy out.

BC Ambulance also responded.

It was a long operation that took nearly four hours, said Trovao.

"It took time because of the area he was in," he said. "It's also amazing he didn't have more injuries from a fall that high."

Further information on the teen's identity and where he is from was not available.

Penticton Search and Rescue and Naramata Fire Rescue also responded to a rescue in Summerland last Monday.

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