AUSTIN (KXAN) - A man who fell more than 20 feet while climbing near the Pennybacker Bridge escaped the incident with his life but may have suffered a broken leg in the fall.
Austin Fire Department and EMS crews responded to the call of a high-angle rescue for the 21-year-old who fell from the cliff area along the road near the Pennybacker Bridge on the north side of the lake.
Officials initially called on STARFlight for help but later canceled when EMS crews were able to access the man easily from the roadway.
The man is being taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge with a possible leg fracture.
Meanwhile, no lanes of traffic are blocked, but the flow is moving slowly due to gawkers.
On April 1, 63-year-old Phillip Short was posing for a picture with his family at the point overlooking the Pennybacker Bridge when he slipped and fell to his death. The incident occurred on the opposite shore from where the man fell on Thursday.
Short died on the scene, after EMS crews had to deploy special units to reach him in the rough terrain more than 60 feet below the overlook. The ledge that overlooks the bridge doesn't have any guardrails or signs to warn visitors of the rugged terrain.
Since 2005, the Austin Fire Department had made about 60 high-angle rescues -- eight of which came from lookouts at Mount Bonnell and at the Pennybacker Bridge. While guardrails have been considered, not everyone thinks they're necessary.
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