Beechworth cliff fall victim recovering in hospital

10.29 AM: A Wodonga boy, 15, involved in yesterday’s fall down a cliff near Beechworth is recovering in Wangaratta Hospital.

The boy suffered broken bones and a head injury but is conscious.

His father, who was also rescued after the fall at Spring Creek Falls, was released from hospital today and was by his son’s hospital bed.

The father also suffered broken bones.

TODAY'S PAPER: Emergency services last night spent five gruelling hours rescuing a 15-year-old Wodonga boy who fell down a cliff near Beechworth.

It is believed the boy’s father was also rescued as more than 50 personnel from Wodonga, West Wodonga, Stanley and Mount Beauty CFAs and Mount Beauty rescue attended the scene.

Earlier there was a plan to winch the teenager by air but this was abandoned.

Instead, they had to wait for able-bodied rescuers to climb down and retrieve the two.

The boy was carried out on a stretcher about 10.30pm from the scene on Gorge Road, near Pritchard Lane.

A CFA spokeswoman called the incident a protracted and prolonged rescue.

Police and ambulance also attended.

12.52PM: We also can't forget the CFA and SES units from Beechworth whose members were there from the start of the rescue to its completion after 10.30pm last night. The Border Mail will speak to some of the rescuers in tomorrow's paper.

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