Three Boys Are Rescued From Cliff

The cold made a life-threatening situation even worse Wednesday night after a walk in the woods turned into a slide down a cliff for three young people.

It happened along highway 15 in Jackson and rescue efforts shut down the road for nearly an hour.

“We were running and hit this big pile of leaves, and it just collapsed on us and we just started sliding down the hill,” Gary Barnett describes what led to the fall.

“It was just slick and straight down pretty much,” Jacob Rohrig said.

Down 200 feet to Highway 15. The boys were with 21-year-old Anthony Herald, who used his cell phone to call 911.

“I was pretty freaked out and at first I didn't want Anthony to call the fire department because I knew mom would've been really mad at me.”

But the call may have saved their lives.

“They were hanging literally over the cliff. One of them was farther down than the other two and was hanging on to a very small tree,” Stephen Bowling said.

The temperature was dropping, with Jacob and Anthony wearing T-shirts.

“Two of them had removed their jackets in order to try to make a rope to get back up or back down the hill,” Bowling said.

Gary worried the small tree he was clinging to, might snap.

“It was probably the scariest moment of my life,” Barnett said.

“A few more hours, the story could have been very different,” Bowling said.

Doctors told the boys they were lucky to avoid frostbite, or worse.

The friends who describe themselves as more like brothers say next time, they'll stick closer to home.

Anthony Herald was not available for an interview but tells us he is grateful to all of the emergency responders.

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