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Video shows teens rescued from ravine

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - They say they were just exploring when they found themselves stuck.

Late Wednesday night, Tyler police and fire came to the rescue of two teenagers, trapped inside a 25 foot ravine.

Attached to a harness, 13-year-old Ken Wheeler was pulled to safety after he and a friend used a tree branch to climb into a 25 foot ravine.

Rescue crews worked for nearly an hour to free the teens from their evening adventure.

"There's this little stream and at the end of it it's kind of like a canyon and we go there all the time. It's really beautiful and stuff and we decided lets go look at the inside of it and so we went down it and then we realized at the end of the day that we can't get up," said Drew Carpenter, who was stuck in the ravine.

"We called my grandfather because we realized we couldn't get out. He couldn't figure out a way to get down there so we just called 911," said Ken Wheeler, who was also stuck in the ravine.

Ken's father says the boys simply made a bad judgment call.

"I think I'll go back down there with my son and kind revaluate the situation and say well you know what did you do wrong here? What did you do wrong here? what would you do differently and use it as a learning experience," said Ken Wheeler, Jr.

He says he hopes next time they go exploring, an ambulance and fire trucks will not be a part of the adventure.

"I want to say thanks to all the police officers and the firemen and for all the people that helped out on this," said Carpenter.

"I'd like to thank all the cops and firemen for getting me out. Thank you so much," said Wheeler.

The teens promised they'll look at the ravine, only from a distance.

The teens are not grounded. Thankfully, no one was injured during the rescue.

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