Hiker In Wales Falls 230 ft, Miraculously Ends Up With Only Minor Injuries

Restless from lockdowns and anxious to be outdoors for a challenging hike, 27-year-old Jake Robinson got together with seven friends to hike up the mountains of Snowdonia, Wales, on Friday, August 20. There was dense fog that day, but Jake and his friends were excited about the challenge of exploring a different part of the mountains that had claimed the life of another hiker several weeks before their hike.

After hiking for a few hours, according to physiotherapist Jake, he wanted to go up the risky Crib Goch pathway. Only one of his seven friends decided to accompany him up that part of the mountains. They were about 30 minutes from the summit when Jake said he felt his left foot slip off a rock and he went tumbling down the mountain for 30 seconds. The young man said it was a surreal experience and that dying didn’t enter his mind. Instead, he was focused on how to make himself stop the fall.

When he finally came to a stop at a landing, he checked himself for injuries expecting to find at least one major skin-piercing fracture. What he found instead were cuts and bruises. Meanwhile, his friend called Mountain Rescue to help him. The first responders had to rappel down the cliff with a stretcher to get to him. The stretcher was then attached to a helicopter and he was airlifted to the hospital for examination. Doctors expected to find brain damage since Jake wasn’t wearing a helmet. Besides his cuts, bruises, and a swollen left leg, the most severe injury the doctors found was a sprained left wrist.

Jake now considers himself “the luckiest man ever”, but those of us who know about the true nature of miracles like this know that luck had nothing to do with it. It was all by God’s grace and mercy that he isn’t dead. After his ordeal, he’s now warning other adventurers to do thorough research before taking on extreme trails and to never underestimate them, things that he neglected to do himself. To read more about Jake’s story and to look at the cringeworthy photos of his injuries, see Ffion Lewis’s report at WalesOnline.

“…he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” Matthew 5:45

(Featured image of Crib Goch by Peter S, used under Creative Commons 2.0.)

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