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Leo, 3, rescued after five hours in rock crevice

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 4 Mar 2012, 08:16

Published: 04 Mar 2012 08:16 GMT+01:00

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The Högbergs were out walking in the popular hiking area of Kjugekull when Leo suddenly dropped three metres into a tight crevice in the rock, according to media reports.

As night began to close in Leo’s parents, Henrik and Linn Högberg, together with a team of rescuers from the emergency services, battled to free him.

The crack into which Leo fell was only just wide enough to allow a toddler to pass through and thus too small for an adult to descend.

Several attempts to persuade the three-year-old to grab onto a rope in order to help the rescue team pull him free were unsuccessful. On one occasion the boy held the rope but when his head became stuck in the crevice he panicked and let go.

At one stage a young local girl offered to crawl into the cliff into order to help Leo out of his ordeal, but the space proved too small to accommodate her, according to a report in the local Kristianstadsbladet daily.

As the hours passed by, and with temperatures dropping and nightfall approaching, help eventually arrived in the form of a Malmö climber, David Crawley, who was able to dangle upside down, reach Leo’s hand and pull him free.

Crawley, originally from Ireland but currently resident in Malmö, happened to be in the area when he noticed the commotion and offered to help.

“I am pretty slim and could get down headfirst while the emergency services staff held my ankles,” Crawley told the TT news agency.

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The experienced climber was able to use a hook to pull the boy by his clothing so that he could grab hold of his hand and bring a happy end to a nightmare day for the Högberg family.

“We are so terribly grateful for the fantastic input of the emergency services and the climber who helped us,” Henrik Högberg said, after his son had been placed into his arms shortly before 4pm, ending a five and half hour ordeal.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

11:43 March 4, 2012 by gabeltoon
A heart warming story to read first thing in the morning.I'm so glad that the WEE MAN is safe.My heart goes out to his parents what an ordeal. And praise to the Irish gent who saved him.
12:48 March 4, 2012 by rise
Overwhelming story! Thank goodness for the Irish climber.
14:17 March 4, 2012 by hit_me
Now this type of news I want to hear everyday on the local, something that have positive outcome rather than some crappy bullshit.
14:31 March 4, 2012 by grymagnusson
Fantastic story and a wonderfully written article. More of this on The Local please.
15:41 March 4, 2012 by bobbysingh
Very well written and, thank goodness, little master is safe.
17:16 March 4, 2012 by Emerentia
@ hit_me and grymagnusson

How could you wish for things like this to happen more often or even every day? How could anybody enjoy that a little kid gets stuck in a crack in a rock for five hour, so they could read a nice story about the rescue.
18:49 March 4, 2012 by stenhuggaren
@ emerentia. I would guess they were referring to the happy end not the story itself. There are far too many stories of those who kill, die or are maimed - why are these always deemed newsworthy, I have often wondered.
20:50 March 4, 2012 by TheWatchman
Thank goodness everything was ok. We need more of these stories on here. Not that people get into accidents, but when they do, they are rescued. It gives a good feeling because I assume everyone has had at least one incident where they are in deep trouble but they are rescued.
08:41 March 5, 2012 by karex
Nice happy ending for a change. I'm so hapy for the boy and his family. Wonderful gesture by Mr. Crawley, the world neeeds more people like him. Bravo!
11:46 March 5, 2012 by Antonito
Hej "young local girl", you are also a hero.
12:39 March 5, 2012 by karex

Right you are!
18:22 March 5, 2012 by oOjimOo

In total agreement!
18:53 March 5, 2012 by sunnchilde
I'm glad he's okay, but he was never in any real danger. They knew where he was and they were going to get to him, it was only a matter of time.
23:21 March 9, 2012 by Radhus
Glad he came out and he's safe and well. I hope it's not something that will traumatize him long-term. My thoughts are with him and his family.
08:29 March 10, 2012 by brissiedan
What a hero! Crawley!! It never ceases to amaze me how aptly named some people are.... :-)
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