Crews rescue teen who fell more than 20 feet in Barton Creek Greenbelt

AUSTIN (KXAN) - Emergency crews from multiple agencies worked to rescue a boy in his late teens from the Barton Creek Greenbelt after they say he fell about 20 feet while climbing, said the Austin Fire Department.

It happened at about 6:29 p.m. near the 3800 block of South Capital of Texas Highway, said Austin-Travis County EMS. That’s not far from the Loop 360 trail head access point — close to the seismic wall, a popular spot for climbers.

The teen was brought out on what’s called a big wheel; a stretcher with one, large wheel which easily navigates the greenbelt terrain. Firefighters say that made it easier to move him along the trail and get him to an ambulance.

They also say because the teen had his cell phone they were able to find him quickly. “Have your cell phone… have your cell phone charged to help you out,” said Division Chief Palmer Buck with the Austin Fire Department, “We were able to utilize the cell phones and the party that he was with to immediately locate his position.”

ATC EMS said the teen had serious injuries, but they were not expected to be life threatening. Medics transported him to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center.

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