December 3, 2021

Utah waterfall rescue: Hiker Tanner Perren survives 50-foot drop from Bridal Veil Falls

PROVO CANYON, Utah — A teenage hiker who plunged 50 ft from a waterfall in Utah was rescued after being trapped for 2 hours — and miraculously suffered solely minor accidents.

Tanner Perren, 19, mentioned he now is aware of he was in over his head when he and his good friend hiked to take a look at the beautiful surroundings at Provo Canyon’s Bridal Veil Falls, situated about 40 miles southeast of Salt Lake Metropolis.

After a glimpse of the sundown, they began climbing down the waterfall as day turned to nighttime.

“I realized how dangerous it was, and I thought we could get off the mountain safely, but there was no way,” Perren mentioned.

Whereas crossing a rocky and moist creek mattress, Perren misplaced his footing and fell.

“I kept thinking, ‘He’ll stop. He’ll stop,'” mentioned Perren’s good friend, Mariah Miller. “And then he went over the edge and over another edge, out of sight.”

On the backside of the ravine, Perren used his flashlight to sign that he was OK.

“I tried to stand up and I did. And then I put weight on my foot, and I was just mushy,” he mentioned.

Miller fastidiously made her method down and referred to as 911.

The Utah County Sheriff’s Workplace dispatched the state’s division of public security, which used a helicopter to pluck Perren from the treacherous terrain.

“I was like, ‘Hallelujah, I’m about to get off this stupid mountain.’ I was so excited,” he mentioned.

He was then airlifted to the hospital and handled for a damaged foot and injures to his again.

Justin Gordon, with the Utah County Sheriff’s Workplace, mentioned Perren is fortunate to be alive.

“He stopped about four feet short of tumbling off another cliff, which probably would have been a fatal fall … so don’t just head up there with no gear and on your own with no knowledge of what you’re doing,” he mentioned.

In July, a person fell to his demise whereas mountaineering together with his fianceĆ©’s 9-year-old son above the identical waterfall.