Man crawls to safety 4 days after falling from cliff

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) — Firefighters in Ohio say a man who fell from a cliff and spent four days in a ravine was rescued after he crawled 300 yards (274 meters) to a country club, despite having broken both his legs and arms.

WJW-TV reports the man was found Monday in Elyria. He told firefighters he had been hiking Thursday when he fell over a cliff into a river.

Assistant Elyria Fire Chief Joe Pronesti says the cliff is anywhere from 30 feet (9 meters) to 100 feet (30 meters) high, depending on where the man fell.

Pronesti says surviving the initial fall was remarkable enough, but he’s “absolutely amazed” the man escaped hypothermia and crawled to safety with numerous injuries.

The man was flown to a hospital for treatment. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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