Man crawls from ravine days after fall broke legs

AP News
Posted: Nov 24, 2014 1:35 PM

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a man who broke both legs when he fell into a New Mexico ravine crawled out onto a highway nearly three days later and was helped by a driver.

The Daily Times ( ) reports 48-year-old Jeffrey Darling had called authorities for help from his cellphone early Tuesday morning, but he couldn't tell them exactly where he had fallen and dispatchers lost contact with him when his phone's battery apparently died.

A search for him was unsuccessful.

San Juan County Sheriff's Detective Lt. Cory Tanner says deputies believe Darling had vision problems and accidentally fell into the ravine. He was found Thursday about 300 yards from where he fell.

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Tanner says Darling apparently set a fire for warmth. Darling remained hospitalized Monday and was unable to speak with a reporter.