Boy (13) falls 30 meters down the Grand Canyon: “I stepped aside so that others could take a picture” | outside

The rescue operation took a total of two hours. He was hospitalized in Las Vegas with nine fractured vertebrae, a ruptured spleen, a collapsed lung, a concussion, a broken hand and a dislocated finger.

“I stood on the edge and stepped aside so that others could take a picture,” he told KPNX TV. “I crouched on the ground, holding on to a rock.” But the teen could only grab the rock with one hand and lost his grip, causing him to fall.

Dozens of rescuers participated in the rescue effort. The team climbed off a cliff at the Grand Canyon’s northern rim and pulled the boy out of the canyon. “Team members performed an associated technical rescue and were able to rescue him safely,” the Grand Canyon National Park Service said in a statement.

White was traveling with his mother. Together they visited many national parks. The father of the 13-year-old has been watching from North Dakota, where the family lives. “We are very grateful for everyone’s work,” he said. “Two hours is an eternity in a situation like this.” The boy and his mother have since returned home and will be arriving in North Dakota on Tuesday.

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