July 15, 2018
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Maine teen hits rock, fractures spine while ledge-jumping over falls

Tim Pierce | Public Domain
Tim Pierce | Public Domain
Snow Falls in West Paris
Bangor Daily News

A 15-year-old Oxford boy was taken to the hospital with fractures to his lower spine after ledge-jumping and hitting a rock in the water, the Sun Journal newspaper reported.

Sonya Martin, the mother of injured teen Kaleb Martin, told the Sun Journal her son was ledge-jumping over Snow Falls in West Paris when he hit a rock in the water and needed to be rescued by members of six area fire departments and emergency response teams.

“I heard him hit the water,” Sonya Martin told the newspaper. “When he comes up I heard him make a noise … but then he started screaming, ‘Guys, I need you down here now! I can’t breathe. I can’t move.’ He said he felt paralyzed for a minute or two and his heart hurt to breathe. I could see his legs moving, but he was still in the water and he couldn’t come out of the water.”

A first responder for West Paris happened upon the scene in a kayak, Martin told the Sun Journal, and rescuers from fire departments in West Paris, South Paris, Woodstock and Oxford, as well as PACE Ambulance and Tri-Town Rescue then ultimately removed the boy from the water on a backboard. He was transported to Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway, then to the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in Portland.

The Sun Journal reported that the teen was diagnosed with a fracture in his T12 thoracic vertebra, but that a day after the accident, he is recovering and in good spirits.


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