A man is recovering in hospital after he fell into a dormant volcano and had to be rescued by his wife during their honeymoon.

Clay Chastain fractured his skull as he and his wife Acaimie were hiking on the Caribbean island of St Kitts.

After hiking to the top of Mt Liamuiga, Mr Chastain said he wanted to climb down into the volcano for a better view of the lush greenery.

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But he fell into a crater and was unable to make it 50ft back up after cracking his vertebrae and temporarily losing his hearing in his right ear.

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Mrs Chastain heard her husband crying out for help and hurried to the crater where she saw him lying on the ground with blood pouring from his head.

She descended into the crater and when she reached him, the pair struggled out together with her supporting him.

After they realised there were no other hikers to help, and discovering that they had no mobile phone service, they decided to hike all the way back to the base which took them three hours.

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Mrs Chastain, who is 5ft 2in, said: “He was leaning on me a lot and he was just gasping more and more and he just kept asking me ‘how much farther?’.”

“It was a miracle that he was able to support himself for as long as he did with the injuries he had,” Mrs Chastain told the Indianapolis Star.

Clay sustained a number of injuries
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Mr Chastain sustained a number of injuries

“It was just a miracle that he wasn’t injured worse than he was. It was incredible to me that he didn’t have any broken bones.”

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A fundraising appeal raised more than $30,000 (£24,000), allowing Mr Chastain to charter a medical flight to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

On Facebook, Mr Chastain wrote: “It’s honestly amazing thanks to God’s help that my injuries were not worse.”

The fall, on 18 July, was just days after their wedding in Crawfordsville, Indiana, where the couple are from.

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