- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

TATEVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Rescuers say a south-central Kentucky teen is lucky to be alive after falling 300 feet from the edge of a cliff.

The Commonwealth Journal (https://bit.ly/1ILcxQD) reports 15-year-old Zachary Wilson was out hunting for raccoons with friends on Sunday night when he made a misstep and went over the cliff in Pulaski County along Lake Cumberland.

Pulaski County Public Safety Director Tiger Robinson says it took responders five hours to rescue him. He said Wilson had to be lowered another 150 feet where a boat was waiting to take him to the shore.

“You don’t see too many people survive a fall like that,” Robinson said. “It’s 1,000 wonders he wasn’t hurt any worse. The Good Lord was looking out for him.”

Wilson’s aunt, Melissa Decker, said the boy’s coat caught on a limb as he was falling and held him until rescuers arrived.

“It’s a miracle from God that he’s alive,” Decker said. “We don’t know how that old coat held him for that long, but it did.”

His cousin, Tanya Davis, told the newspaper that he suffered multiple broken bones and a gash on his head.

“He was scratched from head to toe,” Davis said.

Robinson said it was a risky operation for rescuers.

“It was very treacherous to get over the ledge and through the trees and the thickets 300 feet to get to him,” Robinson said. “And it was raining which made it slick, so it was even more dangerous. A lot of hard work went into the rescue.”

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Information from: Commonwealth Journal, https://www.somerset-kentucky.com


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