London, Mar 21 : Aretha Franklin's 'Rescue Me' might prove to be the song of a lifetime for British tourist Jeff Smith, who kept crooning the song till he was rescued after falling off while climbing a waterfall at Alligator Creek.
Smith clung to a narrow ledge for five hours singing the song all broken and bruised while he waited to be saved in Queensland, Australia.
The 42-year-old man was later contacted recovering in the hospital and he said that that singing had put his mind off from dying during the 5 hour ordeal.
"Bursting into song took my mind off dying. It helped me not to think about the insects crawling over my battered body."
In the accident, he ended up breaking his shoulder, leg and ankle after he slipped as he scaled a waterfall. His climbing partner Tessa Petros ran miles for help, and all this time singing kept him going.
"I was singing really, really loud, to the point I started laughing. I could have been a goner if I'd been alone," added smith.