Hiker falls 10 feet after marriage proposal

September 7, 2009 6:28:51 PM PDT
It was a lucky day for one hiker near Washington and not just because her boyfriend popped the question. Rescue officials say that soon after the woman accepted the marriage proposal during an outing along the rugged Billy Goat Trail, she fell about 10 feet down a rock face and had to be rescued by helicopter. She briefly lost consciousness, but her injuries weren't life-threatening.

The spectacular Great Falls of the Potomac River are a popular destination in the suburbs of Washington. The Billy Goat Trail, on the Maryland side, is well known by hikers, but it is rocky and rough.

Assistant Chief Scott Graham of the Montgomery County fire department joked to The Washington Post that it must have been "a heck of a proposal."


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