A young Texas woman narrowly escaped certain death at the Grand Canyon after she slipped and almost fell off the ledge.
Emily Koford, 20, was hiking at the Arizona attraction on Monday with her mom Erin. The two went to a rock near the edge of the rim for a photo.
Erin Koford was standing near the edge when her daughter began backing up with the camera, still facing her mom, trying to get a the perfect shot.
Erin told ABC News said: “I saw that the ledge was right there and I said, ‘Don’t take another step back’.”
Erin added that her “stomach went up into my chest’ when she saw her daughter stumbling and that afterwards she “was scared and angry all at the same time, so I just went up and grabbed her”.
Erin recalled saying, “you just scared me to death, Emily”.
Emily, a sophomore at an Arizona college, told ABC 15 that her mother was “gritting her teeth she was so mad,” and added that “for a second there I was like ‘oh my gosh what did I just do?’”
The ordeal was caught on video by a passerby who noticed the two posing on the rock and wanted to show his kids “the stuff you don’t do.”
Video of Young Texas Woman Who Almost Fell Into The Grand Canyon
“We’ll probably go back to the Grand Canyon,” Erin Koford said, “but we probably won’t do that again.”
About 12 deaths happen each year, with two to three from falls over the rim, according to park spokeswoman Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski.
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