A man survived falling around 40 meters down a cliff in the southern Vietnamese coastal province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau on Sunday morning.
The 22-year-old man, Do Thanh An, began rolling down the Con Heo (Pig) cliff when he was reaching the edge without safety gear, he told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper while receiving treatment at a local hospital on the same day.
A witness caught An’s ascent and fall on film and the video has quickly gone viral on social media.
The climber reportedly managed to stand up and lit a cigarette following the fall, before being taken to the hospital. Doctors said that he sustained a dislocated shoulder, broken arm and damage to a major arm nerve, in addition to bruises.
As of Sunday afternoon, he was in a good condition, though unable to sit up himself.
The man said he failed to pay sufficient attention and lost strength during the climb because he had been drinking beer through Saturday night. Prior to climbing the cliff on Sunday morning, An also went swimming, he said.
|Do Thanh An sits on a bed at a hospital in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, southern Vietnam, March 10, 2019. Photo: Dong Ha / Tuoi Tre|
|A woman helps Do Thanh An sit up at a hospital in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, southern Vietnam, March 10, 2019. Photo: Dong Ha / Tuoi Tre|
The lucky climber told Tuoi Tre he liked rock climbing and had done that multiple times earlier at a cliff in Dong Nai Province.
“My advice for adventure sport enthusiasts is ‘safety is paramount,’” he said.
His fellow patients said they felt astounded by his miraculous survival as none of his internal organs were injured.