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Erin Koford was with her 20-year-old daughter Emily Koford at the Grand Canyon when a bystander filmed her daughter almost falling off a very high cliff to her death.
The family was visiting from Texas when the terrifying slip was caught on camera. The moment happened as the two were standing on a narrow cliff trying to take a photo.
Emily was taking a picture of her mother and realized she needed to step back to get Erin’s full body in the shot and started to move backward without looking.
“She kept going backwards. I looked out and I saw how close she was to the edge and I said, ‘don’t take another step back,’ and she did,” Erin Koford told ABC News.
Emily’s foot then slipped and she started to fall towards the cliff’s edge. Luckily for her, there was a small ledge sticking out that caught her foot.
Erin’s daughter dropped down in a crouching position and used her hands to catch herself which also helped in preventing her from falling off the cliff.
“My stomach went up into my chest,” she said when she saw her daughter stumble.
The man filming, Kevin Fox, gasped as he realized what he thought he was about to witness.
“Then they’re walking around and I think, this doesn’t look good. As she starts walking backwards, I just gasp,” Kevin told ABC News.
The mother and daughter embraced each other also realizing that things could have gone terribly wrong but they thankfully didn’t.
“I don’t think she was really aware of how dangerous that was. I could see exactly what would happen if she fell,” Erin said. “We’ll probably go back to the Grand Canyon, but we probably won’t do that again.”
The incident happened back on October 28, 2019, and according to Grand Canyon spokeswoman Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski, about 12 people die each year at the Grand Canyon, and usually, two or three of them are due to people falling off a cliff.
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