Springfield teenager injured after falling from bluff in Newton County, Ark.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A Springfield, Mo. teenager is recovering after falling from a bluff in Newton County, Ark.

Sheriff Glenn Wheeler said the young man was free-climbing down a sandstone bluff when a section of rock gave way. Since he was not attached to a rope, he fell approximately 30 feet. The sheriff did not release the name of the victim.

First responders found the boy conscious and talking. He suffered injuries to his leg, shoulder, face and head. Emergency crews airlifted him to Mercy Hospital in Springfield.

The Newton County Sheriff's Office, Newton County Search and Rescue, Mt. Sherman First Responders, Parthenon First Responders, North Arkansas Regional Medical Center's EMS service and Air-Evac Life Team responded to the incident.