Calvert County firefighters and state park rangers rescued a Prince George's County teenager who slipped while rock climbing at Calvert Cliffs State Park last weekend and dangled from the bluff for almost an hour, authorities said.
The Beltsville teenager reached for a tree root that was sticking from the side of the bluff, but it would not hold him. He "grabbed onto the side of the cliff," Samuels said.
He dangled there, 150 feet above the rocky shore and waters of the Chesapeake Bay, before authorities were called by his troop leaders, who were unsuccessful in efforts to help Donals, Samuels said.
Authorities sent a harness down to the boy, then safely lowered him to the shore, where a fire department boat was waiting, Samuels said.
The area where Donals was climbing is restricted, Samuels said. Signs warn against climbing or walking near the cliffs.
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