LOGAN — A man survived falling 30-feet at Cantwell Cliffs in the Hocking Hills State Park Tuesday afternoon, but is reportedly undergoing surgery at Grant Medical Center on Wednesday.
Seth Wyckoff, 28, of Rockbridge, was hiking when he fell on the ice around 3:30 p.m.
A relative said Wyckoff was taking a picture of the frozen ice coming out of the falls when he slipped.
“He said he really wasn’t that close to the edge,” explained his uncle, Clark Wyckoff. “(He) said that his momentum just took him over the edge and there was nothing to grab onto.”
The Hocking Hills State Park Rope Rescue Team was deployed to the area, but took more than two hours to bring him up.
“Due to the icy trail conditions and where he fell, to extricate him we had to use the rope rescue team,” said Ohio Department of Natural Resources Spokesman Matt Eiselstein. “He was transported by Hocking County EMS to an air transport location and flown to Grant Medical Center.”
“He was unconscious for a short period of time, but conscious and responsive when he went to Grant Medical Center,” he said. “The fact he was conscious and responsive is obviously a good sign.”
Seth’s future father-in-law is from Oklahoma and Seth wanted to show him how beautiful the area is in the winter, Clark continued.
“That’s why they went for the walk,” he said.
When Seth slipped on the ice, he tried to grab onto anything he could, but couldn’t. His father-in-law also tried to help him, but to no avail.
Seth reportedly has several broken bones in his neck and back, blood on his brain, broken teeth and a fractured face, as well as a shattered elbow and leg.
“The family is very grateful for all the rescue personnel that got him out, ODNR, (the) Logan Fire Department, the squad and anyone else that was there to assist.”