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Nova Scotia man falls off cliff: Slides off icy rocks and lands 70-feet below

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A Nova Scotia man falls off a cliff 70-feet onto the jagged shoreline below and lives to tell about it. The man fell into the water on the edge of the shore and got soak and wet, so rescuing him immediately was key to his survival, according to on Dec. 28.

John Lusk’s walk brought him onto the cliffs that had an icy coating. A friend that was with him said he could see Lusk slowly slipping toward the cliff’s edge and he was trying to dig his heels in to stop his slide, but it was to no avail.

Lusk, 50, went over the side of the cliff in the New Aberdeen area of Glace Bay. Landing on the edge of the water, Lusk was hurt and could not get back up on his own accord.

Glace Bay Fire Chief Jim Taylor said that Lusk was lucky to have someone with him as his friend was able to get help almost immediately for him. The chief said that he could not have survived long waiting for a rescue, but luckily the rescuers didn’t take long to respond.

Rescuers put a boat in the water in case they needed to remove him from the rocks down below using a boat. The rescuers opted to pull him up an embankment with a grade that would allow them to slide him up to safety.

Lusk hit his face on the rocks below when he fell, so he was cut and bruised, but he had no life threatening injuries or broken bones. He is expected to make a full recovery.



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