Jonesboro man injured after fall at Buffalo National River

Jonesboro man injured after fall at Buffalo National River

NEWTON COUNTY, AR (KAIT) – A Jonesboro man was rescued on Monday after falling off of a hiking trail at the Buffalo National River.

According to a news release from the National Park Service, the 18-year-old man slipped and fell while attempting to cross a gap in the rocks at the top of Eden Falls on the Lost Valley Trail.

The man landed on a wet ledge and then fell another 15 to 20 feet.

Keith Jefferson with the National Park Service said his hiking companion lost sight of the man, but was able to find him with the help of two University of Arkansas students, Cameron Cheri and Kenny Lewis.

Because of poor cellular service, another group of hikers traveled out from the trail to call for help.

Several agencies responded to the area, and with the help of hikers, pulled the man from canyon between the Upper and Lower Eden Falls.

The man was flown to Mercy Hospital in Springfield, MO.  According to the news release, he is listed in stable condition in the intensive care unit.

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