A TODDLER missing for three days has been found clinging to the side of a cliff in woodland frequented by bears and coyotes. Kenneth Howard was col
A TODDLER missing for three days has been found clinging to the side of a cliff in woodland frequented by bears and coyotes.
Kenneth Howard was cold, hungry and suffering from dehydration when he was tracked down by a search and rescue team who heard his cries.
Kenneth Howard was found on the side of a steep cliff[/caption]
The 22-month-old toddler had been missing fro three days[/caption]
The 22-month-old’s amazing survival story is now being hailed a miracle in his home state of Kentucky.
Cops say the adventurous youngster was found on a steep 50-foot incline desperately clinging to a cliffside.
Rescuers had to use rope and a basket to rescue the toddler, who was conscious and alert through the ordeal.
Police have confirmed he is in a “remarkably good condition” and is now being treated in hospital.
“It was a team effort,” said a search official. “We were guided there by God’s hands.”
Elden Howard, Kenneth’s father, told reporters he was in “disbelief” that his son was found.
“Tickled me to death,” he said. “Best thing that ever happened to me in my life.”
Rescuers were said to be equally amazed that the boy had managed to cover such difficult terrain.
“I would not, in fact I can’t, even as a young man I don’t think I’d even attempt it,” one official told WYMT.
The toddler’s survival story has been hailed a miracle[/caption]
Search and rescue teams heard his cries on Wednesday afternoon[/caption]
“That child is a true Kentucky mountain boy.”
The toddler was reported missing on Sunday night around 7.30pm. The family spent time looking for him before calling police less than an hour later.
Family members said they weren’t sure how the child disappeared, but some believe he may have walked out the back door of their home.
Search and rescue leaders told the station they used all their resources, including helicopters and drones with thermal cameras.
Several K-9 teams with bloodhounds also combed the wooded area near the family home for about 67 hours until they found the toddler.
“He’s tough, that little kid is. I can’t believe all the help. I don’t know how we’re going to thank everybody,” said South Magoffin Fire Department Assistant Chief Brent Handshoe.
“But we’ve had people from everywhere. I really don’t know where all they’ve come from, out of state, and everywhere to help us.
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“I was froze to death and wet and every time I would think I was cold, I would think about that baby and then I’d about start crying..
“I don’t know. I just didn’t want to give up on him.”
Kentucky State Police said they continue to investigate exactly what had happened and how the toddler disappeared in the first place.
He was cold, hungry and suffering from dehydration when found[/caption]
The rescue team jump for joy after their heroics[/caption]
The toddler was reported missing on Sunday night around 7.30pm[/caption]
Search teams used helicopters and drones with thermal cameras[/caption]
Officials have called Kenneth a ‘true Kentucky mountain boy’[/caption]