PHOTOS: Quechee teen rescued from popular swimming hole beneath covered bridge

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Dinner goers at Simon Pearce's restaurant watched the rescue effort unfold from their elevated vantage over the scene

QUECHEE - A teenage girl who sustained cuts to her lower leg while swimming with friends beneath the Quechee Covered Bridge late Thursday afternoon was lifted off the rocky riverbank by firefighters from Hartford and Lebanon.

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    Rescuers were initially concerned over reports that the injured local girl might have been stranded on a rock in the middle of the Ottauquechee River but when the first crews arrived at the scene they found she was already on the bank of the river and being treated by a pair of physicians who happened to be swimming in the same area.

    That left open the question of how to get her up the steep and loose rock embankments to the waiting ambulance and firefighters ended up putting her in a metal Stokes basket and then using a rope rig to pull her up the last 60 or so feet to the edge of Main Street, Hartford Fire Captain Shawn Hannux explained.

    The girl's injuries were not believed to be serious but she was transported to the hospital by a Hartford Ambulance.

The rope swing underneath the Quechee Covered Bridge is a perennially favorite summer spot

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