PONCA, Ark. -- Late Friday morning, a boy from the Little Rock area was reported by visitors as lying unconscious in a stream in the Natural Bridge area in Lost Valley, where he had evidently fallen 15 to 20 feet while exploring off trail. The Newton County Sheriff’s Department was notified via 911 and, in turn, contacted the park’s Midwest Region Ozark Communication Center in Harrison.
Buffalo National River Search and Rescue (BUFFSAR) was at the time conducting high angle rescue training at Kyles Landing approximately 30 minutes away from Lost Valley and immediately rushed there. The Newton County Sheriff's Department also notified the ambulance service from NorthArk Medical Center in Harrison, and it arrived at the Lost Valley parking area at about 12:38, the same time that the first National Park Service rangers reached the victim.
Initial reports indicated head and shoulder injuries and hypothermia. After stabilization the patient was transported via wheeled litter and ATV at 1.50 p.m. to the waiting ambulance. BUFFSAR were staged along the trail to facilitate transfer.