The Grand Canyon has seen its fair share of casualties throughout the years. When taking in this natural beauty, it is no secret that a fun family outing can turn tragic in an instant. In fact, ABC News reports that there has been a total of 64 deaths in the park since it opened. Fortunately for twenty-year-old Emily Koford, this close encounter did not turn tragic.
While trying to capture the perfect shot of her mother, Emily lost her step and nearly plummeted to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
Kevin Fox was just another tourist, when he spotted Emily and her mother, Erin. Fox immediately saw the potential danger in the actions of both women and started taking a video to show his kids, “the stuff you don’t do.”
“They’re walking around and I think, this doesn’t look good,” Kevin Fox told ABC News.
At the start of the video it appears that the women are dangerously close to the edge. The camera pans down, as the wind can be heard lightly in the background,
showcasing the true potential danger of the situation. In the return shot, Emily’s
mother poses, while Emily backs up. “As she starts walking backwards, I just gasp,” Fox said. The cameraman and viewers hold their breath as the young woman continues to step backwards. Then, one final step causes the woman to slip. In the longest second of the video, it is difficult for your heart not to race as viewers wonder if the Canyon is about to claim a sixty-fifth life.
Fortunately, Emily was able to catch herself on a rock and bring herself back up to the relative safety of the ledge.
Onlookers, viewers, and the women themselves share a collective sigh of relief as the mother and daughter embrace.
Understandably, what was intended to be a cautionary tale for Fox’s kids turns into universal. The video has gone viral since its upload, as an example of exactly what not to do while visiting the Grand Canyon.
After their stroke of luck went viral, ABC was able to speak to the mother and
daughter. Both women said they are thankful that the situation did not end in a
catastrophe. Of the sixty-four deaths that have ended at the Grand Canyon, most are attributed to heat stroke and more common causes. Yet, a Grand Canyon spokesperson claimed that there are, unfortunately, two to three people who die each year as a result of missteps just like this