By Todd Quinones
WARWICK Twp., Pa., (CBS) – A 39-year-old man who jumped into a quarry Tuesday evening had to be rushed to the hospital for an apparent spinal injury.
Early police reports indicate the 39-year-old man jumped into the quarry on St. Peter’s Road in Warwick Township, Chester County to try and cool off and beat the heat.
That’s when he suffered an apparent spinal injury.
Because of the 30 degree slope leading into the quarry, a specially trained technical rescue team had to be called in to pull the man out.
“We had one patient complaining of numbness in the legs,” Twin Valley Fire Department Chief Tom Hornberger said.
His injuries were so serious, the 39-year-old was flown to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital at around 5:30 p.m.
The incident is a stark reminder of the dangers of jumping into quarries and creeks.
On the bridge over Pennypack Creek in Philadelphia, there is a make shift memorial to those who have lost their lives here, including 13-year-old Brandon Boyle who died last year.
Yet teens still swim.
“I really just don’t go out too deep,” one teen said.
Beth Simonetti-Gallelli lost her 15-year-old son Nicky in 1996.
He was trying to save his friend near the dam.
Both were swept away and died.
Simonetti-Gallelli has a message to those looking to cool off in the coming months ahead.
“Stay out of the creek. If you love your mothers and fathers don’t leave them to have a lifetime of sadness,” she said.
At last check, the condition of the 39-year-old wasn’t known.
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