Woman's GoPro Captures 50-Foot Tumble Over Waterfall
Miraculously, Heather Friesen, 26, survived.
A hiker’s GoPro captured the insane moment she plunged down a 50-foot waterfall in Hawaii.
Heather Friesen, 26, an American beach volleyball player was hiking Ka'au Crater Trail in Hawaii with friends when she fell into the fast-flowing water below her in 2016.
Footage of the ordeal has recently been released.
She broke 10 ribs, suffered a collapsed lung, and fractured her shoulder blade after losing her footing.
“You see in the video there's this little trickle of water that's in the shadows that I didn't see, I stepped right on it and my right foot came out from under me and I started falling,” she told Inside Edition.
Friesen had turned her GoPro camera on moments before she inched to the edge of a waterfall for a closer look.
“There was this little ridge on the waterfall right by left hand, I can still picture it in my head, and I was like, ‘I'm gonna grab on.' But it was too slippery so I kept falling. And that's kinda when I knew it was happening and there was nothing I could do about it,” she said.
“I could barely breathe, so that's why I knew something was wrong because my left lung had collapsed,” she said. “It almost felt like my whole left side couldn't move.”
She was airlifted to the hospital and the athlete is convinced divine intervention saved her life.
“God really protected me that day,” she added.
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