R.I. girl hurt in New Hampshire climbing fall

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RUMNEY, N.H. (AP) – A 12-year-old girl was treated and released after falling more than 40 feet while rock climbing in New Hampshire’s White Mountains with a Rhode Island group.

Hannah Meharg of Cranston, R.I., suffered head and possible back injuries Tuesday when she fell from a cliff at the Rumney Rocks, Fish and Game said.

Lt. Todd Bogardus said Meharg had reached the top of the cliff and fell while preparing to come down, landing at the bottom, partially on another child. The other child was not seriously hurt.

He said rescuers believe the youngster fell after mistakenly unclipping herself from her safety gear.

She was among 10 children, ages 11 to 13, who are part of a weeklong rock-climbing camp operated by the Rhode Island Rock Gym of Lincoln.

Rescuers passed her stretcher over steep boulders through rugged terrain to get her to the hospital.

AP-ES-07-18-07 1448EDT

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