Tyler Wright spent a summer day outside like many do during the warm months.
But the great day suddenly turned terrible when the 25-year-old decided to climb to the top of an abandoned bridge and do a backflip from 65 feet in the air into the Spokane River in Washington. “I remember shimmying up there and I don’t remember much after that,” Tyler recalls.
Roman Sissons and his friend Jacob Rosenberg were hanging out at the river as well and even recorded Tyler’s jump. But they instantly knew something was wrong when the sound of Tyler hitting the water was ear piercing.
“You hit the water hard,” Jacob remembers. “We heard your body slap throughout the valley.”
“Everybody had shouted and he hit the water and it was silence waiting for him to surface,” Roman says.
But Tyler never came to the surface after his backflip. He was knocked out and went into cardiac arrest. Moments later, Roman jumped into the water and pulled him out. “We snagged you by the belt loops and yanked you up here,” Roman says.
“You died seven times,” Jacob says. The two teens performed CPR and restarted the man’s heart seven times! If it wasn’t for their bravery, Tyler would probably be dead. Luckily, he was rushed to the hospital and spent a week recovering.
“I am glad you were there. If you weren’t, I probably wouldn’t be here,” Tyler says.
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