Punjab-origin boy survives 450-feet fall from mountaintop in US

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The Hush Post| 2:44 pm|one-minute-read|

A Punjabi-origin teenager in Canada survived a 450-feet fall from the top of Mount Hood in the US state of Oregon.

16-year-old Gurbaz Singh was climbing the peak with his friends on Monday when the incident took place.

He lost his footing on ice and fell from a section known as ‘The Pearly Gates’, which leads to the summit. His femur shattered but he survived.

“It happened pretty quick so it was kind of unexpected,” the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported on Wednesday. Gurbaz Singh said in a brief interview from his hospital bed in Portland where he underwent surgery the day before, “that It happened in a jiffy.”

Singh fell while at an elevation of 3,200 metres, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. It took rescuers over four hours to reach him and bring him down the mountain.

“The Pearly Gates is a narrow chute–almost like climbing up a chimney,” said Sgt Marcus Mendoza, a PRO with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

“The ice gave way because it’s still early in the climbing season and it wasn’t strong enough at this point.”

Mendoza said Singh missed hitting a woman by a whisker who was climbing behind him.

Gurbaz’s father Rishamdeep Singh told the media that his son was expected to make a full recovery. Gurbaz wants to return to climbing when his leg has healed.

The teenager from Surrey, British Columbia, was attempting his 98th summit when he fell.

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