Teen Suffers Severe Injuries in Zip-Lining Accident in Essex, Massachusetts (MA)
ESSEX, MA- Patch.com writes that a teenager in Essex sustained severe injuries in a zip-lining incident this week. The victim was at a house on Choate Street when he rode the zip-line into a tree and then fell around ten feet to the ground.*
The victim, who was identified as a nineteen-year-old boy, sustained serious injuries leading to responders airlifting him to a hospital in Boston.
Firefighters and other emergency personnel reported to the site of the accident in the early evening. The boy was stabilized on-site before being transferred to a landing zone for the med-flight.
Zip-lines have been a popular recreational activity in the United States as well as in other parts of the world. It is not entirely clear how dangerous such operations are, or even how well they are regulated. In one study, researchers determined that the activity is about as dangerous as rock climbing, and possibly more so. Injuries resulting from zip-line accidents involve fractures and hospitalizations about twelve percent of the time.
Anecdotal stories regarding tragic fatal incidents can easily be found in news outlets, including a twelve-year-old girl who died when a zip-line snapped at a YMCA camp in North Carolina, and an eighteen-year-old man killed when his neck was caught in a harness after a fall.
One issue that causes many with concern is the fact that it is not clear who is responsible for regulating zip-line operations in the United States. The regulatory body varies depending on the state, and such differences mean that regulations are inconsistent. Some in the industry admit that while they take safety very seriously, people are never perfect. In the case of zip-lines, a mistake can be devastating.
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