Police Investigate After 2 Injured at Prettyboy Dam

One victim was carried by basket up a steep incline to the medevac, police said.

Prettyboy Dam (Screenshot from YouTube video by rdbimaging)
Prettyboy Dam (Screenshot from YouTube video by rdbimaging)

Two people were injured after going over the Prettyboy Dam Sunday, according to the Baltimore County Police Department.

At 7:15 p.m. on Sunday, Baltimore County paramedics were dispatched for a person injured at the dam, police reported. 

When first responders got to Prettyboy Reservoir in northwestern Baltimore County, a witness said that at least one person had just gone over the dam, police said.

Alcohol may have been a factor, The Baltimore Sun reported.

Firefighters made the steep descent to the bottom, where they found a visibly injured man, according to police. Kayaks were also found, damaged, at the base of the dam, the report said. 

The victim took rescuers to his friend, who police said was seriously injured and had to be carried in a Stokes basket to the top of the dam, where a Maryland State Police helicopter landed to transport him to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

He suffered a severe head injury and may have sustained internal injuries and broken bones, The Baltimore Sun reported, stating he was in stable condition Monday.

Police said the man who rescuers first encountered, the victim with less serious injuries, was taken by ambulance to the hospital in York, PA. He was later released with a broken arm and head injury, according to The Baltimore Sun.

The Baltimore Environmental Police, which enforces laws around in its reservoirs, continues to investigate, according to Baltimore County officials.

Approximately 15 to 20 pieces of rescue equipment from Carroll and Baltimore counties responded to the incident, police said. At times during the steep incline, use of ropes was necessary to transport the seriously injured patient to the top of the dam, Baltimore County police reported.

Prettyboy encompasses 7,380 acres in Baltimore County and a portion in Carroll County, according to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, which helps manage the reservoir, owned by Baltimore City. Kayaking is permitted.


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