POUND RIDGE Police are continuing their investigation into an incident in which a local teen was seriously injured when he fell from a rope swing on the northwest shore of Trinity Reservoir last Saturday while he and several companions were allegedly trespassing on Aquarion Water Company property.
Cody Terreson, 15, of Pound Ridge, fell from a rope swing down a steep precipice and broke his femur and ankle and suffered several contusions. Rescue personnel, which included the Pound Ridge Police, Fire Department, Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Westchester EMS and Stamford EMS, had to employ a rescue boat to extract him from the scene.
Given that there are youths and legal adults involved, we have to look at this accident in a different light than just a youthful prank, Pound Ridge Police Chief David Ryan said. A young man could have easily lost his life here and so we will look at this very carefully.
Ryan said the youths were trespassing, but the decision to prosecute will be left up to the Aquarion Water Company, which has its own law enforcement agency.
Ryan said the incident was videotaped by one of Terresons companions and the video is now part of the investigation.
On Sunday, Pound Ridge police, with assistance from members of the town Highway Department, returned to the scene and removed the rope swing. On Monday, the water company dispatched its investigative agency to the reservoir to examine the entire perimeter of the lake in an attempt to locate any additional rope swings.
Ryan said that while swinging from rope swings at the reservoir may see like a fun activity, especially for teens, its very risky.
This is a very dangerous thing to do and, as we saw here, serious injuries can result, he said. Swinging from a rope over a cliff or embankment and dropping into any water is an extremely dangerous activity. This young man is very lucky he was not critically injured or killed.
Ryan had high praise for the first responders that came to the scene.
The fire department did a terrific job with extricating and transporting the patient across Trinity Reservoir, he said. This was a difficult and physically strenuous rescue and the firemen should be commended for their actions. In addition, the BLS and ALS medical services did a great job in stabilizing the patient during the extraction.
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