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Video shows waterfall rescue of WA teen

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Officials have released a video of a Washington state teen's dramatic overnight rescue just above a 270-foot waterfall.

The video shows the 13-year-old Burien boy huddled on a narrow rock shelf just above Wallace Falls, a popular hiking attraction northeast of Seattle. One roped-up rescuer cautiously makes his way to the boy using an aluminum ladder as a foothold, and then helps him begin his climb up a rock wall to safety.

The boy had been wading in the river when he lost his footing Saturday afternoon. The whitewater swept him over one 10-foot waterfall, but he pulled himself onto a narrow rock shelf just before the main falls. He stayed there for the next eight and a half hours until rescuers were able to reach him.

The video is available at

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