Divine intervention may have played a role in a hiker’s survival of a 25-foot fall near Seattle.
James Paul Blackmon was rock climbing with three friends on Saturday near Index, Washington, when a piece of his protection came loose along the route, KOMO reported.
Blackmon fell a whopping 25 feet onto a rock, admitting that it was a miracle he survived. He said that he “for sure” thought he was going to die.
“I really don’t know how I made it out,” he said. “I hit so hard.”
The seasoned rock climber said that after the impact, he felt his “insides push totally forward up.”
First responders rushed to the scene and airlifted Blackmon to a local hospital, where they discovered that he had a broken pelvis, a ruptured bladder and internal bleeding.
But, the injuries could have been much, much, worse.
“I had a best-case scenario,” Blackmon said. “My spine could be split in half. I mean, I was literally three or four inches from being paralyzed.”
It will take Blackmon about three months to recover from his injuries. When he does, he plans on taking up rock climbing right where he left off.
“It’s not really just about climbing, it’s about the people in my life who come from that community,” he said.
Blackmon may be experiencing a painful limp for the time being, but he acknowledged how fortunate he is to be alive.
“I got so lucky,” he said. “Anything other than death is great, right?”