Boy, 4, survives fall off 70-foot cliff during family hike in Kentucky

CAMPTON, Ky. — A 4-year-old boy who took a terrifying tumble off a Kentucky cliff on Friday emerged miraculously unharmed, rescue crews confirmed via social media.

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“Incredibly, while the child was certainly scraped up and bruised, he appeared to be otherwise okay. He was very talkative, and very interested in super heroes,” the Wolfe County Search & Rescue Team posted on its Facebook page, noting that he fell 70 feet, striking multiple ledges along the way.

Just after 2:00 p.m. today, WCSART deployed on a mission that would result in nothing short of a miracle. While...

Posted by Wolfe County Search & Rescue Team on Friday, October 15, 2021

“The only super hero present was him,” the agency stated, calling his survival “nothing short of a miracle.”

According to WDRB, the child slipped away from his family while hiking near Princess Arch at the Red River Gorge at around 2 p.m., and that’s when he fell.

Rescue crews confirmed that the boy’s father acted quickly, scrambling down the cliff face to reach his son, whom he carried to Highway 715 after crossing Red River and a bridge, WLKY reported.

The boy was examined by first responders, found to be unharmed and reunited with his parents, WDRB reported.

According to The Associated Press, the sandstone arches and towering cliffs southeast of Lexington, Kentucky, attract hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.