A 13-year-old boy has miraculously survived after falling nearly 100 feet into the Grand Canyon on a family trip.
Rescuers had to abseil down the cliff after Wyatt Kauffman slipped on the Bright Angel Point trail on the North Rim of the Arizona tourist attraction while visiting the area with his mum.
The teenager was airlifted to a hospital in Las Vegas with injuries including nine broken vertebrae, a ruptured spleen, a collapsed lung, concussion and a broken hand and dislocated finger.
The Associated Press reports it took rescuers from a National Park Service search and rescue team around two hours to rescue Wyatt.
Speaking to Phoenix TV station KPNX, the teenager said: “I was up on the ledge and was moving out of the way so other people could take a picture.
“I squatted down and was holding on to a rock. I only had one hand on it.
“It wasn’t that good of a grip. It was kind of pushing me back. I lost my grip and started to fall back.”
The injured boy, from Casselton, North Dakota, was lifted out of the canyon in a basket following the fall on Tuesday.
Speaking from hospital, he added: “I just remember somewhat waking up and being in the back of an ambulance and a helicopter and getting on a plane and getting here.”
Dad Brian Kauffman was in North Dakota when he heard his son had fallen. He added Wyatt had been discharged from hospital and was being driven home on Sunday – and due back by Tuesday.
Speaking to KPNX, Brian said: “We’re extremely grateful for the work of everyone. Two hours is an eternity in a situation like that.
“We’re just lucky we’re bringing our kid home in a car in the front seat instead of in a box.”