Elderly Yellowstone tourist cheats death after trying to snap photo

Rangers in Yellowstone National Park have rescued a New York tourist who stumbled backward into a canyon while trying to take a picture.

A statement released Monday says the 71-year-old man tumbled about 25 feet on May 10 before he stopped his fall by bracing his body and feet against a small crevice in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

“According to staff on scene, the man was extremely lucky,” park officials reported. “The crevice and the angle of his body during the fall helped the man stop at the top of a 200 foot drop. A fall just inches to the left may have resulted in a fatality as the canyon wall is mostly steep loose rock."

Two park rangers threw the man a rope that they secured to a tree and a sign. A park rescue team then pulled the man back to the rim using ropes and pulleys.

The man, whose name has not been released, was hospitalized and treated for a possible hip injury.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.