On December 21, 2015 at around 1:30 P.M. the Newton County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call about a fall at The Glory Hole, a waterfall near Edwards Junction that is a popular destination for hikers and photographers.
The caller reported that a 22 year old man had fallen from a bluff and was injured. Other hikers were with the patient.
Newton County Deputies, North Arkansas Regional Medical Center’s EMS, Newton County Search and Rescue, Tri-County Search and Rescue, U.S. Forest Service and AirEvac Lifeteam personnel responded to the scene.
Rescue personnel located Brandon Jones, 22 of Ozark, Arkansas who had apparently fallen approximately 20 to 30 feet onto the rocks below. Jones was semi-conscious and confused and complaining of back and abdominal pain. Jones was placed in a Stokes Basket, a special device used for securing patients during rescues, and brought approximately a mile out of the woods to a waiting helicopter.
Jones was airlifted to Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville with critical injuries, including a head injury.