Utah Teen Breaks Friend’s Rock Climbing Fall, Likely Saving Her Life

Apr 22, 2019, 10:43 PM | Updated: 10:53 pm

Murray, UT — It was supposed to be a prom day activity with a group of friends from Wasatch High School but turned into a rescue operation after a teen fell nearly 30 feet.

Braden Patterson said he was tasked with belaying 18-year-old Avery Tanner at a popular rock climbing spot at Wasatch Mountian State Park Saturday morning when she suddenly fell.

“We don’t know what went wrong, but she just fell and it’s just a blur from there,” Patterson said.

Patterson said he was not even thinking. When he saw her falling, it was his instant reaction to put his arms out and catch her.

“The next thing I remember after seeing her fall she was just laying in my arms,” he said. “It would have ended up a lot worse than it had.”

The unexplainable catch may have saved Tanner’s life. The teen hit her head on the way down.

“She fell backwards so the best we can guess is she got her head on the wall and then she kind of bounced,” Patterson said. “It’s just an accident that could’ve happened to anyone at any time.”

Avery was life-flighted to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray with a fractured skull and is now in a coma. Her family said she had a long road of recovery ahead of her.

“I feel like as a family we’ve been through hard things and nothing compares to the last two days,” her father Jesse Riley said. “We just have to give her time before she wants to come out of [the coma].

The community has started a GoFundMe page* to help the family with Avery’s medical bills.

*KSL TV does not assure that the money deposited to the account will be applied for the benefit of the persons named as beneficiaries. If you are considering a deposit to the account, you should consult your own advisers and otherwise proceed at your own risk.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

Duchesne County Sheriff car....
Brooke Williams

Man shot twice after threatening officer with a knife in Duchesne County

A man was shot by an officer after he threatened the officer with a knife, according to the Duchesne County Sheriffs office.
20 hours ago
Veterans in uniform for Pear Harbor Day in Ogden...
Jed Boal

Ogden community gathers to make sure Pearl Harbor Day isn’t forgotten

The American Legion and Golden Vets in Ogden gathered with community members Wednesday to honor those killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor 81 years ago. They recognize this day as a reminder to always be ready and never forget.
20 hours ago
Outside of the Cache County School District building. (KSL-TV)...
Mike Anderson

Cache County school officials consider new policies on displaying political symbols

The Cache County School District is planning to change its policy on how teachers display possible political symbols in the classroom, with Logan City School District considering similar changes.
20 hours ago
The new and improved Salt Lake City Veteran Affairs food pantry. (KSL-TV Shelby Lofton)...
Shelby Lofton

‘This is much needed;’ Salt Lake City VA gets new and improved food pantry

The Salt Lake City VA reopened its new food pantry on Wednesday after temporary closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
20 hours ago
Two semi trucks and multiple cars are off the roads and blocking the roadway....
Brooke Williams

I-15 closed after multi-vehicle crash in winter road conditions in Juab

Several cars including UHP troopers, crashed on I-15 in snowy road conditions.
20 hours ago
FILE: CAMDEN, NJ - AUGUST 21:  Volunteers help bag to-go meals at Catherdral Kitchen on August 21, ...
Matt Rascon

Combating holiday loneliness by serving others

The holiday season can also be a very lonely time for many Utahns. One solution: volunteer.
20 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 reasons you may want to consider apartment life over owning a home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Take this quiz before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Diverse Group of Energetic Professionals Team Meeting in Modern Office: Brainstorming IT Programmer...
Les Olson

Don’t let a ransomware attack get you down | Protect your workplace today with cyber insurance

Business owners and operators should be on guard to protect their workplace. Cyber insurance can protect you from online attacks.
Hand turning a thermostat knob to increase savings by decreasing energy consumption. Composite imag...
Lighting Design

5 Lighting Tips to Save Energy and Money in Your Home

Advances in lighting technology make it easier to use smart features to cut costs. Read for tips to save energy by using different lighting strategies in your home.
Utah Teen Breaks Friend’s Rock Climbing Fall, Likely Saving Her Life