Woman escapes serious injury after falling over cliff
SYDNEY MINES — What started out as a mission of mercy quickly turned into a near-fatal accident for a Sydney Mines woman Tuesday.
Heather Davis was driving along Shore Road at around 6 p.m. when she spotted an animal on the edge of the cliff overlooking the harbour.
Worried that someone’s family pet might be stranded, Davis rushed to her home on May Street, grabbed a flashlight and stuck her cellphone in her pocket.
“I knew there was snow coming and I just wanted to make sure that the dog wasn’t going to be outside all night. When I got back, I couldn’t locate the dog. I went to leave, slipped and the ground gave way under me.”
As she was falling, Davis recalls grabbing brush and rocks to stop her fall.
“I hit a ledge and sailed backwards down the embankment, which is about 20 or 25 feet. When I hit the ground I smashed my head and rolled into the water. I was scared out of my mind, it happened so fast.”
Once she got her bearings and
When I hit the ground I smashed my head and rolled into the water. I was scared out of my mind, it happened so fast.
Heather Davis, woman who fell down cliff
Davis has bruises and cuts on her legs and abdomen, but didn’t suffer any broken bones or a concussion.
“Everyone who responded was so kind. I was freezing and one of the firefighters gave me his coat. They all kept saying to me, even the doctors and nurses, how lucky I was that I wasn’t more seriously injured. Apparently the last person made sure nothing was broken, Davis phoned 911. Dispatchers contacted the nearby Northside General Hospital and the Sydney Mines Fire Department.
“A male nurse was there within two minutes and talked to me from the street. He wanted to make sure I wasn’t seriously injured. The paramedics arrived shortly after and used a rope to get to me.” who fell in that same area ended up in hospital severely injured.”
Police had the street blocked for a short time as firefighters used a 30-foot ladder to rescue Davis.
“I didn’t want to go to hospital, but the paramedics were worried about infection and wanted me to get checked out by a doctor. I’m really sore, but grateful that it wasn’t more serious.”
Davis said it was pure luck that she thought to take her cell phone.
“I didn’t tell anyone where I was going and my daughter Emily was spending the night with her grandparents. I was lucky my phone didn’t break on the way down, otherwise it might have been hours before someone realized what had happened.”
She plans to contact municipal officials and lobby for some sort of railing in the area where she fell.
“There is a green space with a little park and a bench for people to sit and look out over the water. I think a rail of some sort could prevent any future tragedies because it is a straight drop down. I’m not the first one to fall over, so something should be there, even if it is just a sign to warn people of the danger.”
Heather Davis stands near the edge of a 25-foot cliff just off Shore Road in Sydney Mines that she fell over Monday night, landing in the water below. Fortunately, she suffered only minor injuries in the fall.