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Man killed trying to save teenager



Published: Sat, May 15, 2010 @ 6:04 p.m.

portersville, pa. (aP)

Authorities say a man fell to his death around 7 p.m. Friday while trying to rescue a teenager who had fallen off the rim of a waterfall in McConnells Mill State Park.

State police in New Castle say two teenage girls were near Kildoo Falls when a 17-year-old slipped and fell into the water.

Her 16-year-old friend alerted several men on motorcycles who were nearby.

Police say 47-year-old Donald Spillane of Cranberry Township tried to climb down to reach the girl but slipped and fell about 20 feet onto rocks below.

Rescue crews tried to revive him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Rescuers eventually rescued the girl, who was flown to UPMC Presbyterian. Officials said she was expected to survive.


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