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Teen recovering at home after falling in Gulf


By:  Star Beacon - Shelley Terry

ASHTABULA ó The teenager who stumbled and fell 150 feet onto a large rock in the Ashtabula Gulf on April 7 is out of the hospital, authorities said Tuesday.

Douglas Brummett, 17, of Ashtabula, is recovering at home after suffering a broken neck, a severed ear, a brain injury, and injuries to his hip and a leg, according to a family friend.

Ashtabula firefighters and police were called to the east end of the Spring Street Bridge at 6:07 p.m. on the report of a person fallen into the Gulf.

Upon arrival two minutes later, the fire departmentís rescue crew rigged a rope and pulley system to the base of the bridge to haul the teenager to safety. Brummett faded in and out of consciousness during the rescue, according to the fire departmentís report.

His father, Jerry Brummett, arrived on the scene and helped calm his son down, the report said.

Community Care Ambulance advised Ashtabula County Medical Center emergency room officials to notify an air ambulance for a transport, the report said. Douglas Brummett was taken to ACMC by ambulance and then was transported by medical helicopter to Huron Road Hospital in Cleveland, where he underwent surgery the next morning, according to a family friend.

The rescue took about 40 minutes, and firefighters left the scene in just about an hour.

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