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Indianapolis newlyweds stuck in Caribbean after fall at volcano

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — An Indianapolis couple is struggling to get home after an injury during a honeymoon hike on a Caribbean island.

Clay and Acaimie Chastain got married July 13. The next day, the newlyweds traveled to the island of St. Kitts to start their honeymoon adventure.

On July 18, the Chastains decided to hike up Mount Liamuiga. After downloading a trail help app and searching unsuccessfully for a guide, they climbed the dormant volcano by themselves.

When they reached the top 2½ hours later, Clay decided to make the downward climb into a crater lake.

“It was like 70 degrees, probably 60 to 70 degrees down, so it’s almost like straight down that you’re climbing, so it’s pretty like scary,” Acaimie said.

Acaimie decided to wait at the top but heard a loud noise just minutes later.

She called out for Clay and began climbing down. That’s when she saw Clay’s cellphone and orange bandanna.

By the time she reached him, Clay was bleeding from the back of his head and nose and vomiting.

Clay & Acaimie Chastain at a hospital in St. Kitts. (Provided Photo/Acaimie Chastain)

Clay was confused, but Acaimie managed to get him to climb out of the crater lake before the two began the trek down the mountain, she said.

“He kept saying, ‘My head hurts, my head hurts.’ And I said, ‘I know you hit your head really hard, but we’re going to be OK. God’s going to take care of us, and God’s going to protect us and we’re going to get out of here. But you have to help me and you have to stay awake, because I can’t carry you out of here all by myself,’” Acaimie said.

It took her 2-3 hours to help Clay, who is 60 pounds heavier than her, down the mountain. Their cellphones did not work until they made it almost to the bottom.

“She’s absolutely incredible. Her being able to carry me all the way down a volcano when I can barely stand up is amazing, and it’s definitely nothing short of a miracle,” Clay said.

On Monday, Clay was recovering in a St. Kitts hospital, but doctors won’t allow him to travel at the altitude of a commercial flight because of his brain injury.

Instead, if he wants to get home, he’ll need to take an air ambulance to Florida to continue recovery. That will cost the couple $35,000.

Acaimie’s sister, Sabrina Catron, started a GoFundMe campaign to help the couple, and the response has been overwhelming. More than $30,000 has been raised, and Acaimie said a doctor is ready to sign off on the transport.

GoFundMe: Acaimie and Clay Chastain Care and Transport Fund

“It’s astounding. It’s way more than I ever would have imagined. I mean some people are people that we know and some people are just people that none of us have even heard the name before and the fact that they are actually stepping out of their way helping us is incredible and just goes to show that God’s grace can extend to everyone and anyone at any point in time,” Clay said.

Clay Chastain recovering in a St. Kitts hospital. (Provided Photo/Acaimie Chastain)


Box office goes ‘Sonic’ again but hears ‘Call of the Wild’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The hedgehog edged the sled dog by a nose at the box office.

“Sonic: The Hedgehog” zoomed to the top of the box office with a take of $26.3 million in its second weekend while audiences ignored critics and heeded “The Call of the Wild” as the Harrison Ford CGI dog flick finished a close second with $24.8 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

It was a strong weekend for both films, with each outperforming expectations and overcoming early doubts about design problems.

Paramount Pictures’ Sega video game adaptation “Sonic the Hedgehog” was a laughingstock when its first trailer was released last year, but after a delay and a title-character makeover, the film has now spent two weeks atop the box office and brought in over $200 million globally.

20th Century Studios’ “The Call of the Wild” was also mocked by many on social media for its CGI dog — the first five film adaptations of Jack London’s 1903 novel all used real ones — and reviews were decidedly mixed with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 62 percent, but moviegoers bought into the digital dog and his 77-year-old co-star, who would have won the weekend were it not for a late surge from “Sonic.”

“For ‘Call of the Wild’ heading into weekend the estimates were all over the place, as low as 10 million for the weekend, some saying it could do 15, maybe 20,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore. “So like ‘Sonic’ it over-performed.”

In a very distant third with $7 million was “Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey” in its third week.

The weekend’s other wide release, “Brahms: The Boy II” starring Katie Holmes, was fourth with just $5.9 million.

That was a disappointing opening at a time of year when horror films often do well. 2020 appears to be bucking that trend with family films thriving in the early weeks of the year.

“’Sonic’ and ‘Call of the Wild’ represent two PG-rated movies where that void in the marketplace for families is the key to their success in this part of the year, a time that’s usually dominated by awards holdovers and R-rated films,” Dergarabedian said.

And those family audiences may be why critics didn’t matter for the top two films.

“PG-rated films are more immune to reviews and are more about the audience. If a kid wants to go see a film, they’re going to go see it” he said.

Best picture winner “Parasite” continued its post-Oscars surge in a week where its victory was mocked at a rally by President Donald Trump, bringing in $3.2 million in North America, where it has earned nearly $50 million.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included.

1. “Sonic the Hedgehog,” 26.3 million, ($38.3 million international).

2. “The Call of the Wild,” $24.8 million, (15.4 million international).

3. “Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey,” $7 million, (10 million international).

4. “Brahms: The Boy II,” $5.9 million, ($2.2 million international).

5. “Bad Boys for Life,” $5.86 million, ($8.1 million international).

6. “1917,” $4.4 million, ($9.4 million international).

7. “Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island,” $4.2 million, ($3.9 million international).

8. “Parasite,” $3.1 million, ($8.9 million international).

9. “Jumanji: The Next Level,” $3 million, ($1.3 million international).

10. “The Photograph,” $2.8 million.