North Dakota Adolescent Survives Near 100-Foot Plunge at Grand Canyon’s North Rim

by Lucas Garcia

North Dakota Adolescent Survives Near 100-Foot Plunge at Grand Canyon’s North Rim

A 13-year-old boy from North Dakota has managed to survive a nearly 100-foot drop at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon while vacationing with his family.

Officials reported that emergency teams spent around two hours rescuing Wyatt Kauffman after he slipped and fell from a cliff on Tuesday, plummeting almost 100 feet (equivalent to about 30 meters) along the Bright Angel Point trail.

The young teen was subsequently airlifted to a hospital in Las Vegas, where he received treatment for a total of nine fractured vertebrae, a ruptured spleen, a collapsed lung, a concussion, as well as a broken hand and a dislocated finger.

“I was standing on the ledge, trying to move aside for others to take a photo,” Kauffman recounted to Phoenix TV station KPNX. “I crouched down and gripped onto a rock. My hold on it wasn’t very secure. It kind of slipped me backwards. I lost my grasp and started falling.”

Rescue teams had to descend the cliff using ropes to extract the injured teenager from the canyon, employing a basket for the evacuation.

“I just vaguely remember regaining consciousness, being in an ambulance, then a helicopter, and finally on a plane before arriving at the hospital,” said Kauffman, who resides in Casselton, North Dakota.

Upon learning of his son’s fall and subsequent rescue, Brian Kauffman, who was in North Dakota at the time, expressed his gratitude.

A National Park Service search and rescue unit established a rope-assisted retrieval along the steep and narrow trail, successfully hoisting the teenager back to safety on the rim.

“We are incredibly thankful for the efforts of everyone involved. In a situation like that, two hours feels like an eternity,” remarked Brian Kauffman.

He mentioned that Wyatt and his mother were on a journey to explore national parks when the incident occurred at the Grand Canyon.

Brian Kauffman shared that his son was released from the hospital on Saturday and was en route back home. Wyatt and his mother were projected to arrive in Casselton by Tuesday.

“We consider ourselves fortunate that we are driving our child home in a car, sitting in the front seat, rather than bringing him back in a casket,” Brian Kauffman expressed to KPNX.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Canyon fall rescue

What happened to the teenager at the Grand Canyon’s North Rim?

A 13-year-old North Dakota boy survived a nearly 100-foot fall from a cliff at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon during a family trip.

What injuries did the teenager sustain from the fall?

The teenager suffered nine broken vertebrae, a ruptured spleen, a collapsed lung, a concussion, a broken hand, and a dislocated finger.

How was the teenager rescued from the canyon?

Emergency crews took two hours to rescue the teenager by rappelling down the cliff using ropes and a basket.

Where was the teenager airlifted for treatment?

The teenager was airlifted to a hospital in Las Vegas for medical treatment.

How did the fall occur?

The teenager slipped on a cliff while trying to make way for others to take a photo. He lost his grip on a rock and fell backward.

What efforts were involved in the rescue operation?

A National Park Service search and rescue team set up a rope rescue down the steep trail to safely bring the teenager back to the rim.

When did the teenager and his mother plan their trip?

The teenager and his mother were on a trip to visit national parks when the Grand Canyon incident occurred.

What is the teenager’s recovery status?

The teenager was discharged from the hospital and was expected to return home. He was on his way back to Casselton, North Dakota, with his mother.

What did the teenager’s father express about the situation?

The father expressed gratitude for the rescue efforts and relief that his son was returning home safely.

Were there any details about the timeline of events?

The incident occurred when the teenager slipped on Tuesday and was rescued after a two-hour operation. He was discharged from the hospital on Saturday.

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mike_naturelover August 14, 2023 - 5:12 pm

Grand Canyon = epic beauty but risky! remember safety, folks. kudos to rescue team, real heroes!

Alex August 15, 2023 - 6:28 am

wow, that teen really fell a looong way! it’s crazy how rescue peeps risk their lives 2 save others. hope he recovers soon!

sarah123 August 15, 2023 - 8:35 am

omg, this story is sooo scary! cant believe he survvived that fall. glad he got help tho. thx 2 rescue team!


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