Coastal path plunge woman un­de­terred.

Ali­son Ness aims to fin­ish coastal walk

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - Claire war­ren­der cwar­ren­der@the­courier.co.uk

A woman air­lifted from cliffs af­ter fall­ing from the Elie chain walk on Thurs­day has pledged to re­turn to the area when she re­cov­ers.

Ali­son Ness spent two hours on rocks sev­eral feet be­low the nar­row path af­ter suf­fer­ing a dis­lo­cated shoul­der and a sus­pected bro­ken col­lar bone.

The 65-year-old’s in­juries meant she was un­able to pull her­self up and paramedics were un­will­ing to move her.

Ali­son and hus­band An­drew are hik­ing the length of the 117-mile coastal path as part of an award scheme.

Daugh­ter-in-law Deb­o­rah Ness from Lochgelly said Ali­son and the en­tire fam­ily wanted to ex­tend their thanks to the lifeboat and coast­guard crews and the paramedics who came to her aid.

Ali­son was winched into a Coast­guard res­cue he­li­copter be­fore be­ing trans­ferred to a wait­ing am­bu­lance and taken to Vic­to­ria Hos­pi­tal in Kirk­caldy.

She is now wait­ing to see an or­thopaedic sur­geon to fully as­sess the ex­tent of her in­juries.

“She said ev­ery­body was fan­tas­tic,” said Deb­o­rah.

“They’re very lucky they could get a phone sig­nal and that the tide was out.

“They were told the sea would have been cov­er­ing an area 15ft above where she was if it had been in.

“They had checked the tides be­fore the went though, so they knew it would be out.”

She Deb­o­rah: “Ali­son’s a bit shaken up but she’s OK.

“She’s say­ing she needs to get back to fin­ish the walk – just not the chain walk.”

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