Utah County, Utah — After falling about 30 feet, a man wearing flip-flops while hiking up Bridal Veil Falls nearly died.
On Thursday, the unidentified 24-year-old Provo man was about 20 minutes into his hike up the popular waterfall when he fell.
Utah County Search and Rescue was able to locate the man and hoist him out of the area before he was airlifted to the hospital.
The man was in stable condition with unlisted injuries after the fall, according to the North Fork Fire Department.
Sgt. Spencer Cannon with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office tweeted that if the man had slid a bit further, he would have fallen more than 100 feet straight down and likely would have died. “Please consider your skill level and wear appropriate clothing and footwear,” Cannon wrote.
The fire department also urged people to be properly dressed when on hiking trails. “We are relieved he wasn’t injured worse or possibly killed…. Wear appropriate shoes, clothing, gear, etc on ANY hikes you take!!”