A 27-year-old man was found alive by rescuers after he fell nearly 100 meters into the Yen Tu ravine in northern Vietnam.
Nguyen Tai Quyen was trying to take a photograph of the clouds at dusk when he fell into the ravine in Quang Ninh Province on December 13. He spent a night and day in the forest before being rescued, news website VnExpress reported.
Quyen recalled falling off a cliff and waking up when it was dark. Then he fell again while trying to move along an edge to find some refuge. This time, his legs could not move, and his eyes, shoulders, back and belly were all in a lot of pain.
"In the morning, I wanted to cry out for help but I was exhausted and in great pain. I heard all the sounds of people and dogs, knowing that they were looking for me but could not call out to them," he said.
Vu Ngoc Huong, leader of a local rescue group who found Quyen, said the man had fallen 15 meters the first time and around 80 meters the second time.
Huong has spent ten years in the rescue force at the Yen Tu mountainous area, a religious attraction around 160 kilometers from Hanoi where King Tran Nhan Tong in the 13th century established a Vietnamese order of Zen Buddhism called Zhu Lin Yen Tu after renouncing his throne.
The rescuer said Quyen was the first survivor he knew from such incident at the area.
Quyen is now reliant on his parents for all his daily activities. He is being treated at the Viet Duc Hospital in Hanoi with fractures, bone cracks and signs of kidney damage.
The kidney condition caused doctors to delay an operation on his spinal cord.