Toddler miraculously survives fall down steep embankment in Arkansas

"You can call it luck, divine intervention, a miracle, whatever you like," Rogers fire Capt. Josh Chapman said of the toddler coming out of the fall with barely a scratch.

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By David K. Li

A 22-month-old girl survived a terrifying fall down an Arkansas cliff, barely suffering a scratch while the toddler's mom broke her ankle in the rescue, officials said Friday.

The frightening incident happened when the mom lost control of the stroller at about 8:20 p.m. Wednesday and it tumbled more than 40 feet, down the steep embankment above Lake Atalanta in northwest Arkansas, officials said.

Rogers Fire Department responded to a technical rescue this evening at Lake Atalanta in Arkansas involving a stroller with a child that went off the side of a cliff near the lake.Rogers Fire Department / via Facebook

Fortunately, the girl didn't get thrown from the stroller and a tree stopped it from possibly going into the water, Rogers fire Capt. Josh Chapman told NBC News on Friday.

"Not to overplay anything, it’s a bit of a miracle that the tree caught her just right and kept her from going into the water," Chapman said. "You can call it luck, divine intervention, a miracle, whatever you like."

Firefighters secured the mom in a basket stretcher and strapped the child to a rescuer as they were all hoisted back up the embankment to safety, authorities said.

The child suffered a bloody nose in the fall, the mom said in a 911 call. But the little girl was otherwise unharmed and didn't even go to the hospital.

"My baby, I thought I had the brakes on on her stroller and it went down the hill and I followed her," the frightened mother told the 911 dispatcher.