Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:17 GMT
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morningMore >>
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KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC (WBTV) -
Patrick Merino Owens can move around with the help of a walker and wheelchair these days. Many never thought he'd get this far.
Two weeks ago he was swept over High Shoals Waterfall in the South Mountains State Park, landing on rocks almost 90 feet below, and survived.
"God was with us every step of the way and still is," he said from his home in Kings Mountain on Thursday.
The 17-year-old had gone hiking with his dad to the falls, then climbed the rest of the way to the shimmering pools above it. The signs say swimming is not allowed, but Patrick crossed the barrier and went anyway.
"Yeah, everybody does it." Patrick doesn't remember much after that, only that he got caught in the current and went over the falls.
"I woke up four days later in the hospital," he said.
At the time, rescuers were amazed he was still alive. Several people have fallen to their deaths in the same spot over the past 25 years.
Dozens of rescuers responded up to help get him out of the rocky area he was in and on the way to a hospital. It took more than two hours to safely get him across a ravine and carried to a waiting helicopter.
"Longest two hours of my life," said his mother Robin Merino, who was waiting at a hospital in Charlotte. She feared the worst, but now is confident her son will recover completely.
"He is a miracle," she said.
Patrick broke bones from his head to his feet and has pins and rods holding the broken pieces together while they heal. Doctors told him he should be able to walk on his own in just a matter of weeks, though full recovery will take some time.
He had planned to play football in his senior year at Kings Mountain High School but that won't happen. He also was hoping to join the Army after he graduated, but that is a question mark now.
No matter what, though, he says he will move forward.
"I'm just grateful to be here." Patrick says one day he will return to the waterfall where he fell "But getting in the water? No!"
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 10:35 PM EDT2014-09-02 02:35:14 GMT
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.Prices are about $3.11 in the area on Labor Day, which, when compared toMore >>
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:32:26 GMT
With a severe thunderstorm moving its way through the Midlands, customers across Richland and Lexington counties currently find themselves without power. South Carolina Electric & Gas is reporting overMore >>
Over 4,000 outages have been reported across the Midlands according to SCE&G.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:54:12 GMT
Whitney Hempsey remembered what doctors told her before she gave birth to her second child years ago. "It's like, 'Hey, are you tired of being pregnant?" Hempsey recalled. "'We can give you this and youMore >>
Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>