Two Saved After Dancing Off Highest Cliff

Two men were rescued on Wednesday after sliding 170 meters down an embankment on Sweden’s highest mountain, Kebnekaise. The 23 and 34-year-old climbers used a portable stove to keep warm after being forced to spend the night on the snowy peak.

“The first thing I thought was that I was going to die,” Mattias Wallin told Swedish Radio news from his hospital bed in Kiruna.

In what he calls “a bad decision,” Wallin said that the two were dancing along the cliff edge on the way down the mountain when the fall occurred.

“We landed on a snowy ledge at the end of the fall, which saved us,” he said. “It’s unbelievable actually that it went so well.”

Wallin hurt his knee in the fall, while his friend injured his head. Both are set to leave the hospital later in the day.

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