Woman survives 60ft drop

POSTED: 10/29/14 7:00 PM

St. Maarten —A woman is currently nursing wounds she sustained last night from a 50ft to 60ft drop off the cliffs at Cupecoy in the vicinity of Rainbow Hotel.

Fire Officer on duty Tony Gibbs told Today in an invited comment that the fire department received the call last night from the ambulance department with reports that a woman had “fell over the cliff, or jumped or had been pushed. The details were not clear but they confirmed that she had gone over the cliff.”

Ambulance personnel made their way down to the beach where the woman was discovered conscious and “screaming in pain”.  According to Gibbs the woman was stabilized by the ambulance personnel on the scene and then the fire department began the tedious task of scooping her and carrying her up the winding steps at the Rainbow Hotel to the top from where she could be transferred to the St. Maarten Medical Center. He said it could not be ascertained at the scene whether she had suffered any broken bones.

As at press time it was still unclear what were the circumstances surrounding the woman’s drop from the steep cliff edge but police had accompanied her to the SMMC where she would be questioned as soon as she was in a stable enough condition to answer these questions.

Gibbs explained that the matter is now in the hands of the police. He commended the fire department personnel on the scene for their professionalism and efforts in handling the situation and in retrieving the victim from the beach.

More details on the condition of the woman and the conditions surrounding her death-defying drop will be provided in another issue.


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