A couple of American travelers who crashed on their scooter in Bali in the middle of the night and were left in a ravine said that a single post on Facebook and the tenacity of the friends who responded saved their lives.
On August 22, Michael Lythcotte, 39, and Stacey Eno, 26, were driving back to their hotel in Ubud around 2.30am when a truck caught up with them on a steep hill and temporarily blinded them.
Lythcotte, who runs a boutique digital agency in Brooklyn, New York, was driving and stepping on the brakes, but they failed.
The couple, who had met in Thailand earlier this year and agreed to meet again in Indonesia, went by the edge of the road to a ravine. They found themselves unable to move, shocked and lying alone in the dark.
Michael Lythcotte and Stacey Eno were rescued from the ravine where they landed in Ubud, Bali, four hours after crashing their scooter. Lythcotte posted an SOS message on Facebook that set in motion the chain of events that saved their lives. The phone you used is still pictured lying on your chest
Lythcotte found her American phone in the top jacket of her jacket after the accident and was able to get enough signal to post this SOS message.
Stacey and Michael met in Thailand in February and planned to meet again in Bali. Both are travelers of the world. She is from Michigan, but lives in South Korea, where she teaches, and Michael lives in Brooklyn, where she runs a digital agency.
"Then I thought" I'm going to die here ", because no one knew we were here or we went and we were both injured and for a moment I could not even remember how we got there," Lythcotte told DailyMail.com on Friday.
Desperate, Lythcotte took his American phone that was still in the pocket of his jacket. He turned on the roaming and posted a Facebook message that said "Help." In danger. Call the police, marking your location just like & # 39; Bali & # 39;
One of his friends who saw the publication called him on Facebook and then started talking to him on WhatsApp, where Lythcotte sent him his location.
Immediately, his hundreds of friends responded to ask what he needed.
He could only write with one hand and responded intermittently in the comments section, repeatedly asking for help.
Amy Sparks, a friend of hers from Seattle, called him using the Facebook phone feature.
"It was great to have talked to him because some people were worried that his phone had been stolen or that his account had been hacked.
"And I could say, I know his voice and I know it's him, that he's seriously injured and needs help," he said.
Sparks was able to instruct him to send him a pin dropped from his location through WhatsApp.
In his conversation, he wrote: & # 39; Woods. For a river. Can not move.
Later, he said: & # 39; Help & # 39; and & # 39; girl with me & # 39;
Then, Sparks took over to lead the Facebook thread, where there were dozens asking how they could help.
Among them, Sparks and the others beat the Indonesian authorities with calls and bombed the US embassy until they contacted someone who could help.
The embassy telephoned Lythcotte and told him that help was on the way.
Aimee Sparks, who was in Pennsylvania at the time, shared her location on the Facebook thread to try to help him. Dozens of his friends started hitting the US Embassy. UU With calls and eventually they sent you a search party.
Then, his brother contacted the hospital doctor who had been taken and could tell the thread of Facebook users. More than 200 comments were left
The couple was taken to the hospital after being found. Neither of us remembers exactly what happened, but they say they are grateful to be alive.
His phone's battery died just after he told the man on the other end of the phone the name of a hotel he remembered passing just before crashing his scooter.
After around three or four hours, the pair was found by a team of local rescuers.
They were loaded onto the back of a platform truck and taken to the hospital where the doctors told them they had broken bones and concussions.
"I'm still surprised that people around the world have made it work." I am grateful beyond measure. Technology saved us.
In the hospital, they realized a magnitude of 5.2 when they crashed or were unconscious in the ravine. They do not remember feeling its impact.
Stacey broke her nose, arm and cheekbones. Lythcotte suffered a skull fracture, wrist fracture, internal damage, broken ribs, an injured spine and perforated intestines.
A week after the accident, he returned to social networks to thank his friends for saving his life.
& # 39; Hello everyone. In fact, I'm sitting now. Improving daily Even on my laptop for the first time today.
& # 39;[I] I will have most of the tubes removed in one or two days, which will really allow me to move and recover.
– Yes, most of the pain is gone now. A good sign. And do not be rude, but I'm eating and pooping normally. Very good signal You can try it as soon as tomorrow to get up!
"Your support has kept me sane, thank you very much."
Stacey broke her nose and cheekbones and Michael suffered a skull fracture and intestinal perforations
Michael stayed in the hospital for 10 days. He is still in Indonesia, but will fly back to the USA. UU On Sunday
Both Michael and Stacey say they are grateful for the technology and the efforts of their friends
In a later publication, he said: & # 39; Thank you all for saving and donating! & # 39;
He told DailyMail.com that he was stunned by the response he received.
"I'm still surprised that people around the world have made it work." I am grateful beyond measure.
& # 39; Technology saved us. I was afraid until we received a signal. I forced myself not to think about death. I knew they were coming and they did, "he said.
Lythcotte remains in Indonesia and was in the hospital until September 3. His brother has flown to be with him and they will return to the USA. UU On Sunday.
Stacey, who is from Michigan, lives in South Korea, where she works as a teacher. Her family flew to be with her after the accident and since then she has been able to return to South Korea.
Both rely on donations from two separate pages of GoFundMe to pay for their medical care.
Lythcotte has raised $ 30,000 of the $ 60,000 it expects. Your page can be found here.
Stacey has raised $ 12,000 from the $ 30,000 she needs. Your page can be found here.