It was a frightful fall for any 17-year-old, but somehow, Tyler Grandy made it out alive.
"His angels were with him that day and we're feeling very blessed and appreciative right now," the teen's mother Mary Grandy said.
Grandy said she got a call Tuesday afternoon that her son had fallen off a cliff.
"My first thought, 'is this a crank call?'" Grandy recalled.
Authorities said Tyler Grandy and a friend were moving a picnic table in Foresthill when he slipped and fell 250 feet. Rescuers first tried to drop a line down the cliff to get the teen. The line wasn't long enough so they switched to a longer one. Tyler Grandy had to wait on the cliff side for 2 hours before he was airlifted out of the canyon.
"He doesn't remember specifics about what happened, certain things about the helicopter ride," Mary Grandy said. "He made several phone calls at the bottom but doesn't remember any of those."
Tyler Grandy is now back home recovering from the bumps, cuts and bruises he got in the fall.
Family, friends and co-workers describe the senior class president at Foresthill High School as a tough guy with a great spirit.
"I just got so scared for him because I saw him a few minutes before it happened," Tyler Grandy's boss at Sugar Pine Pizza Tricia Zapata said.
Tyler Grandy called Zapata to let her know he would have to miss his work shifts the next few weeks.
"He said he was feeling okay," Zapata said. "He got a pretty good concussion and he got some stitches in his leg and his head."
Despite the heavy fall, Tyler Grandy only sustained a broken left ankle and several cuts. His mom is grateful to the emergency personnel that pulled off the incredible rescue.
"Thank you to everyone that played a part," Mary Grandy said.
A teen is recovering after falling 250 feet down a Foresthill cliff. (Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014) News10