Two Yale students received a charge of reckless endangerment last Thursday after rescue crews were called in to pull them off a ledge on East Rock near New Haven, Connecticut–injuring three firefighters in the process.
NBC-Connecticut reports the pair, a 19-year-old female freshman and a 21-year-old male junior at the university, were free climbing the face when they became stuck on a ledge and called 911 for rescue. Firefighters and police responded to the scene at 3:45 in the afternoon and began the steep descent of the rock while attached to ropes.
While climbing down, a Lieutenant with the fire department lost his footing and fell. The slip caused him to receive a compound fracture to his leg. Another firefighter, dangling from ropes below, was hit in the head by falling rocks from the first fireman’s fall. A third rescuer was taken to the hospital as a precaution for injuries sustained in the slide.
The Students were eventually pulled off the rock’s face safely at around 5:00 PM and were charged with reckless endangerment for climbing on the rocks. The act is against a town ordinance not to do so, and therefore, made the pair liable for their rescuers' injuries.
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