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De Soto teen on field trip falls 60 feet off rock bluff

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A teen from De Soto injured his back when he fell 60 feet off a rock bluff at the Pickle Springs conservation area. Credit: Wolf Creek Fire Department A teen from De Soto injured his back when he fell 60 feet off a rock bluff at the Pickle Springs conservation area. Credit: Wolf Creek Fire Department
STE. GENEVIEVE COUNTY (KMOV.com) -

A teen injured his back when he fell 60 feet down a rock bluff Wednesday morning, firefighters said.

The incident happened around 9:30 at the Pickle Springs conservation area. Near Farmington. A De Soto student on a field trip was ¾ of a mile off the main path when he fell 60 feet off a rock bluff. First responders told News 4 that the teenager lost his footing while standing behind a teacher.

Firefighters were called to the scene and they used a mule, or cart that is used on unusual terrain, to rescue the teen.

He was taken to a hospital via medical chopper.

Firefighters said he complained of back injuries.

"I was shocked because that is a pretty big fall for someone falling that far down, " said Steven Miller, a sophomore at De Soto High School.

Miller decided to not attend the field trip on a rainy Wednesday and was surprised to hear that one of his classmates would get injured.

"I am lucky I did not go to school today. That could have been me," said Miller.

News 4 reached out to the superintendent and board members for the De Soto School District for a comment but has not heard back.

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