The parents of a 20-year-old Mount Pearl woman who miraculously survived an 80-foot fall over a cliff in Northern Bay late Saturday night are expressing relief and gratitude that their daughter is safe and sound.
And a Gull Island fisherman who played a critical role in her rescue is also expressing astonishment that the woman wasn’t seriously injured or killed, calling the incident “an amazing thing.”
“You have to see it to believe,” said fisherman Dale Pike of Gull Island, who navigated his boat into Isaac’s Cove during the early hours of Sunday morning. Onboard his vessel was Fire Chief Roger Gillingham and firefighter Darren Cull of the North Shore Regional Fire Department.
The rescuers were aided by low tides and calm sea conditions.
The Compass has agreed not to publish the name of the woman or her parents as the family decides whether to go public with their story.
But those touched by the incident all agree that the outcome couldn’t have been any better.
“She’s a very lucky girl,” said the woman’s mother, who expressed thanks and admiration to those who took part in the rescue.
The woman was at a cabin with some friends when she lost her footing on a grassy edge and plunged over the embankment.
Rescuers say it appears she tumbled down the hill and suffered only minor injuries, as opposed to a free-fall that likely would have resulted in a very different outcome.
After being picked up by her rescuers, the woman was taken to the port in Ochre Pit Cove, and was transported to hospital in Carbonear.
The Compass will have more on this story later today.