As the weather gets warmer, people spend more time visiting the views at High Rock, but that visit can be dangerous, even deadly for those who aren’t careful.
Paramedics have already responded to two rescues this month, one just a few days ago.
Most victims can be retrieved via low line rescue, but some rescues require higher angles, which are more intense.
Both types of rescue are equally dangerous to the rescuers themselves, requiring emergency responders to put their lives on the line to help victims.
Henry Vidal, of Smithsburg Fire and Rescue said, “We are all humans, we all break the same way. We all can fracture arms, get concussions. Even with that gear, we are not vulnerable. We can slip.”
Intoxication has been another factor in the injuries that occur at High Rock and rescues there can take up to three hours to complete.