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Minnesota man is 'awake and lucid' after falling down 75-foot cliff

The 21-year-old is 'awake and lucid.'

A 21-year-old Minnesota man was hiking in Interstate State Park when he fell 75 feet down the face of a rock and miraculously survived. 

Nicholas Edwards is "awake and lucid" after falling from the cliff that overlooks the St. Croix River near Taylors Falls, according to a GoFundMe page.

"I step back and I look at it and I can't figure out how you would survive that fall," Deputy Derek Anklan, who works water rescues for Chisago County, told WCCO

Edwards was hiking with friends on Saturday afternoon when he fell in an area that was only accessible by boat, according to the Chisago County Sheriff's Office. Luckily, doctors from the University of Minnesota Medical Center were rock climbing nearby and could get to him, the GoFundMe page notes. 

An unknown fisherman was also in the area and helped transport supplies, while a tour boat captain helped transport the doctors to help Edwards, the sheriff's office and GoFundMe page say. 

After first responders stabilized him, Edwards was transported to a boat, then an ambulance, and lastly a helicopter, which brought him to Hennepin County Medical Center. 

Edwards suffered minor bleeding in his brain, a broken nose, several fractured bones, and "many lacerations all over his body," the GoFundMe page says. 

"Forty-eight hours and I feel ecstatic," Edwards told KARE 11, noting he hopes to go home in the next few days. 

The sheriff's office told WCCO Edwards tried to grab onto some trees while he was falling, which they think helped slow down his fall. 

"It's a long road ahead for Nicholas in many respects, but he is expecting to make a full recovery," the GoFundMe page says. 

The GoFundMe page is hoping to raise $30,000 to help pay for Edwards' recovery. 

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