A 30-year-old man has plunged to his death off a cliff after desperately trying to save his father who also fell.
Both Mark Price and his father, 71-year-old Steven Price, were pronounced dead at the scene after falling more than 22 metres into an abandoned quarry in Farmington, Connecticut, on Wednesday afternoon (local time).
The pair were riding ATVs with another man, believed to be Mark’s co-worker, who saw the pair fall and rushed to a nearby fast food restaurant to call 911.
In a recording released by police, the man told the emergency operator that he had to leave the men to call 911 because his mobile phone was “all smashed up”.
During the call the man can tells the operator “his (Mark’s) dad went to look at something, tripped and his son went to grab him and they both fell”, adding they “need immediate help” and weren’t breathing.
Dan Siracusa, who employed both Mark and Steven at his moving company, told the New York Post Mark tried desperately to save his father before they both ended up tumbling over the cliff.
“Mark risked his life to save his father. He grabbed onto him and wouldn’t let go until the point that he got pulled down, too,” Mr Siracusa said.
Mr Siracusa said Mark was a proud father to a 3-year-old girl who he thought “the sun rose and set on her”, and Steven had only just recently retired.
Local police are investigating the incident.
Farmington’s town manager told local newspaper the Hartford Courant the quarry was closed to the public and had not been used since the 1980s.
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