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Firefighters rescue injured teen who fell off lakefront bluff near Highland Park

Paramedics load an injured teen on a stretcher into a waiting ambulance after a rescue near Heck Street and South Overlook Road near Highland Park. | Photo: North Shore Updates.

One teen was hospitalized and another was uninjured after they fell from the top of a bluff onto the beach near Highland Park.

The Highland Park Fire Department responded around 10 p.m. Friday to Heck Street and South Overlook Road in Fort Sheridan for a report of a technical rescue call.

Highland Park Fire Department Battalion Chief Ryan Hughes said that two teens were sliding down the bluff for fun when they fell onto the lakefront.

Firefighters arrived and found a 19-year-old man down on the bottom of the bluff with a possible femur fracture.

There was heavy fog at the time of the incident, which delayed the rescue as crews searched for the two teens.

Firefighters setup a 3 to 1 rope system and placed the teen into a stokes basket before hoisting him up from the lakefront, Hughes said. The rescue took approximately 40 minutes.

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The teen was transported by ambulance to Advocate Condell Medical Center. A second 19-year-old man who also fell was uninjured and assisted by firefighters.


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