Girl rescued after getting stuck on Minnesota rock wall for hours

It happened at Robinson Park in Sandstone, Minnesota.
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A 13-year-old girl is recovering with minor injuries after getting stuck on a rock wall in east-central Minnesota. 

The Pine County Sheriff's Office says it was called into to rescue a 13-year-old girl who was trapped on a rock wall she was climbing Wednesday at Robinson Park in Sandstone. While 40-feet off the ground her knee got wedged between two rocks and she was unable to free herself.  

Fortunately, she was climbing with a group of experienced climbers who were able to secure her with ropes to make sure she wasn't in danger of falling. The group wasn't, however, able to free her knee, so they called 911 for help. 

Rescue climbers from St. Louis County Rescue and the Isanti Fire Department responded and were able to free the girl, but not without using a hammer and chisel, a hydraulic rescue tool referred to as the "jaws of life," and liquid dish soap to get her out. 

The 911 call was made at 3:37 p.m. and she was stuck on the rock wall until about 8 p.m. 

The girl is expected to make a full recovery from what the sheriff's office described as "soft tissue" injuries.  

"We would also like to remind people to use our outdoor resources safely and to always be in groups or let people know where you will be," Pine County authorities said in a release. "Even with the best training unexpected things can and do happen."

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