MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The man who fell 60 feet from a Myrtle Beach tourist attraction is still in serious condition at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, but he isn't alone.
Gerard O'Sullivan has been in the Grand Strand Regional Medical Center's intensive care unit since falling off a tower of Myrtle Beach Zip line Adventures, and reportedly breaking both ankles, several ribs and doing serious damage to his hips, according Zip line Adventures ownership.
A group of O'Sullivan's friends has been keeping vigil at the hospital ever since they heard O'Sullivan was hurt, including long time friend Daragh Frawley.
"There's never been any less than six of us at the hospital," Frawley said. "We'll be here as long as he is."
Frawley is one of about thirty Irishmen and women in the United States on work visas for the summer; a close knit group including O'Sullivan. Frawley says the group lives together, many work together, and they take care of each other as well.
Although O'Sullivan is not able to speak at this point after the accident, Frawley says he has been able to blink, gesture, and let friends know he is aware of their presence. And after surviving a 60 foot drop, Frawley says he believes the luck of the Irish is definitely on O'Sullivan's side.
"He's an absolute hero of a man," Frawley said. "Absolutely no one in this group has any doubt that he's going to recover 100 percent."
Representatives of Myrtle Beach Zipline Adventures say O'Sullivan's parents will be arriving in the United States on Tuesday to see their son for the first time since the accident.
Zipline Adventures owners and managers say O'Sullivan fell from one of the zipline towers after forgetting to secure a safety clip that would have prevented the fall. Since the accident, the ownership group says they have conducted both an internal and an independent safety check of the zipline attraction, and will add increased signage reminding employees of safety procedure.
Myrtle Beach Zipline Adventures had been in operation for less than three months.