Emotional call to 911 after teen hurt on zipline

It began as an afternoon of fun, and then it turned into a joke, even a prank, but then it became very serious, with those around the 13-year-old soon in a state of panic.

Emergency crews were sent to South Laurel Road Saturday afternoon after the 911 center in London received a frantic call for help.
In the 911 recording obtained by 27 NEWSFIRST, you can year crying and screaming in the background as the caller tries to get help for the young man.

The kids had been playing by what police called a homemade zipline.
“They call it a zipline. It’s like the military do, going down a wire. My youngest said he was acting like he was hanging himself and I guess he lost his footing. I wasn’t there at the moment. I had walked into the house," the caller is heard saying in the recording.

“What they had done was rig up a zipline from an elevated position down to the ground and were riding it to the ground,” said Deputy Gilbert Acciardo with the Laurel County Sheriff’s office.

The caller described the injuries as rope type burns and other redness to his neck area.

Dispatcher: “Can he speak or has it hurt his throat or what?”

Caller: “He just now coming through and crying.”

The teenager was rushed to UK hospital and has already been discharged. But police say the accident shows ziplines should be left up to professionals.

“It’s obvious that when you rig something like this, based on whatever impression you have of how to set something up like this, it can be very dangerous,” said Acciardo.

The Laurel County Sheriff’s office continues to investigate but at this point there is no word of any charges. The young man was back home Monday and officials at South Laurel Middle School said they expect to have him back in school Tuesday.

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