RYKER, Ark. -- A teenager is injured after he fell about 35 feet in the Upper Buffalo Wilderness Area south of Boxley. Samuel Roberts, 18, of Conway is in the hospital in Harrison with a broken back and arm.
Newton County Sheriff Keith Slape says Roberts was hiking up a steep narrow trail at Haley Zega Falls about 3:30 p.m. Saturday. That’s near the trail to Whitaker Point, also known as Hawksbill Crag. He was with some friends.
Slape says Roberts fell about 35 feet. About 40 emergency responders from area fire departments, law agencies, National Park Service and National Forest Service helped rescue him. Noted wildlife photographer Tim Ernst says he helped locate Roberts and called his location to the sheriff’s department.
Rescuers couldn't fly him out, so Roberts went by ground ambulance to the hospital in Harrison. A hospital spokeswoman said Roberts was listed in stable condition on Monday afternoon.