A Calgary hairstylist remembers feeling like he was in a dream — or nightmare — when he slipped on moss-covered rocks near the top of a B.C. waterfall, then fell screaming 45 metres to a small pool below.
“It’s unbelievable,” Bilal El Ajami said of his luck surviving relatively unscathed. “Like, no one believes me. It’s unbelievable.”
He plummeted down a waterfall after slipping on a hike in Fintry Provincial Park near Vernon on Sunday. The sudden tumble shocked other hikers, who screamed as El Ajami dragged himself out of the shallow, narrow pool where he landed.
“I told them I’m fine,” El Ajami told CBC’s Calgary Eyeopener. “I had to calm myself down because, you know, I’m still alive and God gave me another chance.”
Even the rescuers said it’s miraculous he survived the long, vertical drop.
El Ajami is very much alive. On Thursday morning, he woke in a hotel in Las Vegas, where he’s on a trip with his friends.
He doesn’t drink or gamble but thought he might bring good luck to his friends. The trip was planned before his accident.
“I’m telling you, it was a miracle,” he said.
The 25-year-old had taken a vacation from his job at the Marda Loop Barber Shop to explore Kelowna, B.C., and the surrounding area with friends. The group had planned an hour hike in Fintry Provincial Park.