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Cedar Rapids teen recovers after falling from bluff

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A teenager is recovering after falling from a bluff in a state park.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources confirms a 17-year-old Cedar Rapids girl fell while hiking Monday night at Backbone State Park in Delaware County.

Authorities confirm she was awake and breathing when they flew her to Iowa City.

This marks the second time someone had to be rescued from the park this year.

Park managers say the trails and park are safe as long as people using them are safe.

The edges are steep along trails at Backbone State Park, and if you're not careful, you could fall.

Backbone State Park manager Mary Shea said the area is safe, as long as people stay on marked trails.

"If they keep their safety in mind, then they're going to be safe. Don't rush up to the edge of a rock cliff and think that nothing can happen, because it can, and it can be in a split second," Shea said.

Park managers remind people to be cautious of their surroundings.

That means knowing your cellphone might not work when you need it the most, watch where you're stepping, and knowing what the weather is going to be like that day.

"And, the trail conditions ... If it's raining, is the trail slick? Stay on the trail. Just be aware of where you're at and what you're doing," Shea said.

Shea said even though it's part of her job, getting the call that someone fell and needs help is her worst nightmare.

"You just go into rescue mode where you want to get to them as fast as you can and get care to them as fast as you can, and you hope things are not too serious," Shea said.

Authorities confirm the 17-year-old Cedar Rapids girl who fell Monday likely had some broken bones, but she should be all right.

The park's entrances are closed this week to driving traffic, because of recent weather, but it should be reopened by Friday.

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