A Clemson University football player was rescued by his teammates after his car crashed 100 feet down a ravine after practice.
Clary Miles, a student-athlete at Clemson University, had just left practice around 6:20pm on Tuesday, October 3, when his car slid down an embankment off of Perimeter Road in South Carolina.
Miles’ teammates, who were about 300 yards from the scene of the accident, immediately rushed over to provide aid. Miles and his car fell approximately 100 feet down the hill, coming to rest about 20 feet from the Seneca River that surrounds the Clemson football practice fields.
Upon hearing the accident, all Clemson players, coaches, and personnel rushed to the scene. According to Clemson, student managers Jack Wardlaw and Jack Sari, student athletic trainers Scott Crothers and Bailey Black, student coach Daniel Boyd and student videographer Eric Suttles, all swam across the river to reach Miles. Boyd and Suttles are military veterans.
Student athletic trainers Rachel Alterio and Ana Wright also went to the scene to provide help in removing Miles from the car and onto land. The students stayed with Miles until EMS personnel arrived.
Coach Dabo Swinney gathered his team in prayer while the students removed Miles from the car and the team remained at the scene until an ambulance took him to the hospital.
Miles is a Clemson freshman student worker in the school’s football office. A Daniel High School graduate and classmate of Clemson receiver Will Swinney, Miles played on the summer little league baseball team that Swinney coaches.
Miles, who is recovering from his injuries in a hospital, released a statement:
“I want to tell everyone how grateful we are to everyone associated with the Clemson football program that helped my son. I am especially grateful for those trainers and managers and others who swam to help Clary and get him out of the car. Thomas Austin (graduate assistant coach) rode in the ambulance with him to the hospital and that was so comforting. I am just so glad my son is alive.”
Miles is expected to make a full recovery.