- Associated Press - Monday, April 6, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A 14-year-old girl has died in a rappelling accident during a family trip to Mt. Cheaha State Park.

Park superintendent Tammy Power tells Al.com (https://bit.ly/1FgnRwP) the accident happened Saturday while the girl’s family was rappelling at Pulpit Rock Trail. Rappelling involves rock climbers who are suspended by a rope using their feet to push away from the side of a cliff or wall while they descend.

Shelby County Schools spokeswoman Cindy Warner identified the girl as 14-year-old Millie Elia, a cheerleader, honor student and band member at Oak Mountain Middle School in Birmingham. Warner says the school is offering counseling for students and teachers.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide