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Man survives plunge off 4,000ft cliff

February 22, 2015 | Comment icon 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 | Comments (19)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #10 Posted by Sundew 8 years ago
Pretty impressive survival!! But this dude survived a 12,000ft fall:- http://www.dailymail...--survived.html I think you're pretty lucky if you survive anything over a fall from a three story building, unless you land in mud, water or bushes from relatively low height falls. When you start talking thousands of feet, someone up there likes you, because you usually don't get a do-over.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Qweggy 8 years ago
Lucky lucky man.
Comment icon #12 Posted by AstralHorus 8 years ago
this dude in WW2 survived a even bigger fall after his bomber caught fire along with his parachute. http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/Amazing-story-wartime-RAF-gunner-fell-18-000-feet/story-20171154-detail/story.html
Comment icon #13 Posted by Realm 8 years ago
I think he was heard by these guys: http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=278371
Comment icon #14 Posted by theotherguy 8 years ago
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vesna_Vulovi%C4%87 Still the worst fall I've ever heard of somebody surviving. 130 feet is nonetheless really impressive to (more or less) walk away from. This guy is seriously lucky he hit the bushes.
Comment icon #15 Posted by stereologist 8 years ago
What is really sad is that there are people that do scream for help in the wilderness. They do it for fun not realizing the impact it has on others in the area. I remember climbing with a friend of mine and someone screamed. My partner insisted we climb in the direction of what he thought was someone in dire trouble. They were. I thought my partner was going to throw them off of the cliff.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Likely Guy 8 years ago
What is really sad is that there are people that do scream for help in the wilderness. They do it for fun not realizing the impact it has on others in the area. I remember climbing with a friend of mine and someone screamed. My partner insisted we climb in the direction of what he thought was someone in dire trouble. They were. I thought my partner was going to throw them off of the cliff. Uh... did you mean to post in this thread instead? http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=278371&pid=5460287&st=0entry5460287 If I fell off a 4,000 foot cliff I'd scream like ... [More]
Comment icon #17 Posted by Wickian 8 years ago
It's kind of misleading to say he's the first person to survive a 4,000ft fall off that cliff if he only actually fell 130 feet.
Comment icon #18 Posted by theotherguy 8 years ago
To be fair, nothing ever said he fell 4,000 feet, only that he fell off a 4,000 foot cliff. Technically true, but definitely misleading. I can claim that I fell off a 150 foot ladder. Doesn't mean squat if I was on the bottom rung.
Comment icon #19 Posted by moon tide 8 years ago
Looks like he was up and about in no time. Very, very fortunate. You can see who appears to be "Kent from Canada" in he opening scene of the video, lying on the ground at the edge of the cliff, giving his support - in the purple T-shirt. It's heart-warming when you see all these otherwise strangers coming together for their fellow man. I'm glad he fell 130ft and not he whole 4000ft, too. Imagine that. Horrible.


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