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Foresthill teeen Tyler Grandy is in good condition after falling from a steep cliff Tuesday.

‘Super’ teen resting after big Foresthill area fall

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 - 11:00 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 - 11:43 pm

The Placer County teen who survived a fall down a hillside in the Foresthill area Tuesday afternoon is home resting with relatively minor injuries, his family said Wednesday.

“Superman is doing amazing,” the boy’s mother, Mary Grandy, said in a phone interview.

A California Highway Patrol helicopter was used Tuesday to pull Tyler Grandy, 17, from the rugged hillside. Grandy and at least one other youth – on a break during the school day – apparently moved a picnic table from behind Worton’s Market, which is near the high school, to an area near the edge of the drop off.

It’s unclear exactly what the teens were doing or what caused Grandy and the table to slide down the cliff. Grandy lost consciousness for a time but was eventually able to use his cellphone to call his father, Aaron Grandy. He neglected to say he’d fallen, Mary Grandy said.

“He called Dad and said he hurt his ankle and didn’t think he could drive (his) stick(shift vehicle). He left out a few important details,” she said. “I got a phone call from one of his friends. I was relatively calm, considering.”

The friend called Mary Grandy, saying: “There has been an accident – Tyler fell off a cliff.” She said she tried to calm the friend, not sure whether he was exaggerating. By that point, first responders were already on the way.

A Foresthill firefighter was lowered down the hillside and connected Grandy to a rescue harness. He was lifted out at around 3:30 p.m., two hours after the call came in. The fall, estimated at 250 feet Tuesday, was closer to 150 feet, said Lt. John Poretti. The cliff was formed by hydraulic mining and was used as the city’s dump for a time, said Johnny Worton, who owns the market.

Grandy suffered a broken ankle, concussion and cuts to his head and legs, Mary Grandy said.

He was taken to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, but was well enough to be discharged that evening.

Mary Grandy described her son as athletic, well accustomed to the outdoors. He was an Eagle Scout, was his class president at school, played football and was the school mascot during basketball games. Given his reputation in the community, she said its safe to assume everybody in the picturesque town of about 1,500 people knew about the incident.

She said she’s going to try to keep him home for the rest of the week, but expected he’ll push to get back to school sooner.

“He was asking me why he couldn’t go today,” she said “He’s a spunky kid.”

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