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Newlywed injured after falling into volcano on Caribbean honeymoon, praises wife for rescue

Recovering in South Florida
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Posted at 2:23 PM, Jul 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-26 14:23:32-04

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.-- An Indiana man is praising his new wife for saving him after he fell some 50 feet onto the floor of a dormant volcano.

Clay and Acaimie Chastain were on their honeymoon in the Caribbean. They decided to celebrate their nuptials by hiking up Mount Liamuiga on the island of St. Kitts.

But Clay's rope broke, causing him to fall and smash his head and break his back. He says his wife saved his life by getting him to climb out of the crater and then back down the mountain.

Chastain spent five days in a St. Kitts hospital before being strong enough to fly to Florida.

"It's astounding honestly the amount that he was able to get through because not only did she, like, keep me going down the mountain when I couldn't even walk in a straight, I couldn't even walk in general. I could stand up but and I could move my feet to walk but I had no sense of direction and no balance in the fact that I had to lean on her most the way down that she's able to keep going and support me through that is nothing short of a miracle," he said.

He's expected to recover in South Florida for the next several days.