Sunday, October 14, 2012

Alaskan Woman Future Candidate For Darwin Award

Oct. 13, 2012

Emergency responders in Kodiak, Alaska say they had to overcome the challenges of a cliff as well as an incoming tide to rescue a woman who fell 60 feet onto rocks when she slipped as she was texting on her phone at the same time she tried to toss a cigarette butt over the cliff edge.

Maria Pestrikoff survived the fall Sept. 17 and is recovering in an Anchorage hospital.

Her friend Anthony Burke heard her screams from the rocks below and called emergency responders.

Firefighters from the Bayside and Kodiak fire departments rushed to the accident scene.
Pestrikoff was just 10 feet from the frigid, incoming tide. She was placed in a rolled stretcher and hauled up the cliff to an ambulance.

No information was available about the fate of the cellphone.

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