Hiking is always adventurous. Everything always goes well in the hiking trail as long as you wear the right gear. But that wasn’t the case with one Ryan Osmun who got trapped in quicksand when trying to rescue his girlfriend, Jessika McNeill, from sinking into the quicksand.
According to a statement by ABC4 news, the couple had hiked the park for three hours before Jessika McNeill’s hands and knees started to sink into quicksand.
Ryan Osmun and his girlfriend, Jessika McNeill, had hiked for about three hours through the park, up the Left Fork of North Creek trail, also known as the Subway, on Saturday when McNeill tripped, and her hands and knees fell into quicksand.
“I was trying to calm her so she wouldn’t sink more,” Osmun, 34, told ABC News in an interview that airing on “Good Morning America” on Tuesday. “As that was happening, I didn’t realize my right leg was sinking into the sand.”
Ryan developed an injury while trying to save his girlfriend from sinking further. He recounts that he almost died in the process.
McNeill revealed she was terrified to leave Osmun and wasn’t sure if she could make the trek alone. ‘I knew the only way to save his life was to leave him, but I didn’t know if he had the time left. It was the hardest thing I’ve had to do, the scariest thing I had to do,’ she said to ABC News.
The two were three hours up the Left Fork of the North Creek, known as the Subway route when they got stuck. ‘I didn’t know if I was for sure gonna make it out. I didn’t know if I could do that hike alone,’ she said.
According to medical tests conducted after the rescue, Ryan suffered from extremity injuries, extreme exposure to cold, and hypothermia.
According to a post published by NZ Herald, Ryan first biggest fear was that he would probably lose his leg in the process.
Ultimately, McNeill left Osman to go look for help, or at least for a cell signal so she could call 911. “It was the hardest thing I’ve had to do. Scariest thing, I didn’t even know if I would be able to do that hike by myself,” she told ABC News. “There was a couple times I thought I might as well just turn back, and we can just be together for the last moments.”
“The water was so cold I thought for sure I’d lose my leg because there was no way she was going to be able to get there fast enough to have people come get me out,” Osmun told ABC News.
According to the rescuers, Ryan would have been dead by now. In fact, one of the rescue team members told him how lucky he is that he is alive.
The one big lesson that you can learn from this story is that it is important to choose your hiking trails wisely before heading for an actual hike. Second, never hike alone. Ryan would have died if not for his girlfriend who called out for help.