You never know which moment may be your last. Motorcycle crash survivor Kevin Diepenbrock learned this the hard way: He suffered broken bones and injured lungs after crashing in the wilderness off a highway close to the border of Tennessee and North Carolina, ABC News reports.
Despite efforts to call for help — he had fallen about 105 feet down a sharp hill, according to the Blount County Fire Protection District — Diepenbrock thought he was a goner and even made goodbye videos.
In one of the clips, obtained by ABC affiliate WATE, Diepenbrock says:
"I f----- up, that's all I can really say. At about 10:30 this morning. Been laying here ever since. About 50 feet down in the ravine. I just wanted to say I love you guys. Sorry I was being stupid, but you know that's what I do. See you guys soon.”
His voice was raspy, and there was blood on his face.
Tragically, Diepenbrock’s friend, who had been riding his bike in front of him, did not survive after falling 50 feet down the embankment. Phillip Polito was hit by Diepenbrock’s bike after braking, causing him to fall over the edge.
As Diepenbrock lay immobile in the ravine, he tried sending texts, calling 9-1-1, and even posting on Facebook, but his efforts proved futile.
Finally, passersby above heard Diepenbrock’s calls the next day. The rescue mission by Blount County authorities involved at least six crew members, the use of rope, and several trips down the embankment.
Diepenbrock was sent to the hospital, where he was determined to be in critical condition. Altogether, he endured a dozen broken ribs, perforated lungs, spinal fractures, and bruises and scratches … but he’s alive, and he’s okay. His message to the public is one we could all benefit from:
“Never forget to tell people you love them,” he said. “That’s all I could think about when I was down there. You never say that enough.”
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