15-year-old boy dies after falling on camp outing in Pennsylvania

The boy was scaling a rock formation in a state forest, official said.

July 16, 2019, 10:45 AM

A 15-year-old boy fell to his death while rock climbing in Pennsylvania on an outing with his camp, authorities said.

The fall happened Monday near the YMCA Deer Valley Camp in Fort Hill in Somerset County, Stephen Limani, a spokesman for state police, told ABC News. The boy, who was not identified, was attending a teen wilderness camp through the YMCA Camp Kon-O-Kwee Spencer in Beaver County.

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He plummeted about 50 feet after he and other campers began scaling a rock formation in a state forest, Limani said. Camp counselors took the children to the forest to hike and rock climb, according to Limani.

The boy was critically injured after the fall and airlifted to a local hospital, where he died, according to a statement from the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh.

"We are devastated by this tragic loss and our hearts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time," the statement read. The camp was closed for the remainder of the week.

State police are investigating the incident.