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Who: A 16-year-old girl

Where: Devil’s Ice Box cave, Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, Missouri

Her mistake: Just a bad mis-step

What happened: A girl was hiking in the Devil’s Ice Box cave and slipped on some leaves. She fell feet first 25-30 feet into the cave and suffered cuts, bruises and a head injury. She was slipping in and out of consciousness while rescuers were on their way. A chopper was brought in to fly her to the closest hospital where she was treated for her injuries.

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