A scary incident took place for a teenage hiker on Tuesday afternoon, after he slipped, fell, and ultimately had to be rescued while climbing Horsetooth Mountain. According to the Poudre Fire Authority's Facebook page, the male was with a small group of friends who had hiked to the top of Horsetooth Falls. As the group attempted to take a photo at the scenic location, one of the hikers' backpacks started to slide, which caused the boy to fall while trying to grab it.

Multiple crews and agencies responded to the call, which came in just before noon, but Larimer County Parks rangers were the first to reach the young hiker who had fallen approximately 40 feet into a pool of water and was submerged up to his neck. Firefighters and EMS arrived to the scene just after 1 p.m. and performed a team rope rescue where they repelled down and pulled the teen safely out of the water using a harness. First responders then took the boy to emergency vehicles that were parked at the intersection of a nearby trail. Despite being cold and tired, the rescued male appeared to be injury-free. He was able to rejoin the hiking group and return to the parking lot just before 2 p.m.

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