World of the Bizarre
Man survives plunge off 4,000ft cliff
By T.K. Randall
February 22, 2015 · 19 comments
Lendas only survived because he landed in a tree. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Arne Huckelheim
Mamitho Lendas had been taking photographs of his wife when he accidentally stepped back over the edge.
The 35-year-old and his new bride had been enjoying their honeymoon in a picturesque region of Sri Lanka when the couple stopped so that Lendas could take some pictures.
In a momentary lapse of concentration however the Dutchman inadvertantly stepped backwards to get a wider angle and ended up plummeting over the edge of the notorious World's End cliff, one of the most dangerous drops on the planet at a height of 4,000ft.
Miraculously he managed to survive the incident by landing right on top of a tree that was located just 130ft from the top. He ended up lying there for almost four hours while a group of 40 Sri Lankan army troops attempted to use climbing equipment to rescue him from the cliff face.
"I was making pictures and I had a misstep and I fell down backwards," he said. "Then I sat in (a bush) for like three and a half hours... the longest three and a half hours of my life."
Despite the seriousness of the fall however Lendas managed to escape with only minor injuries.
Source: Sky News
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