A 17-year-old boy from Missouri is thanking God for his life after a dramatic and, what could have been, life-ending fall this past weekend.
On Sunday morning, Ben Foster was exploring Frenchman’s Bluff Trail in Cuivre River State Park in Lincoln County with some friends when he had the scare of his life.
They were walking near an 120-foot rounded cliff when Foster slipped, sending him down 50 feet, his body only stopping when a branch caught him.
“All I could think about was what’s going to happen next? Will I be able to get out of this?” he told KMOV. “I just flung my left arm out and grabbed onto it somehow, and just held on.”
Foster waited for what felt like hours, until the paramedics and firefighters arrived to pull him off the cliff to safety.
He was then transported to a local hospital after being loaded onto a rescue boat. His mother, Maria Banon, said she did not know if he was going to be okay.
“My heart stopped, I didn’t know what to think and plus, being a nurse, I froze—I didn’t know if he’s alive. How bad is he injured?” said Branon.
Foster survived the accident with a broken clavicle and minor cuts and bruises, crediting God for his safety.
“I felt God grab on to me and pull on me tight,” he said while clutching the cross chain around his neck.
“God grabbed onto me and brought me to safety,” he added.