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Nova Scotia Man Falls 70 Feet Off Icy Cliff, Gets Only Minor Injuries

Friday, 27 Dec 2013 06:28 PM

By Ken Mandel

An unidentified Nova Scotia man fell nearly 70 feet off a cliff in Grace Bay on Thursday and escaped with only minor injuries.

The Cape Breton Post reported the 50-year-old man, who was exploring the cliff with a friend, slipped on ice and tumbled 65 feet down a cliff, smacking his face on the rocks below.

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Emergency responders were called to the scene at about 2:15 p.m. local time.

"He's standing there, and the friend just said all of a sudden he started sliding, trying to dig his heels in, until he just went down, down, down, over the bank," acting Sgt. Mike Byrne of the Cape Breton Regional Police told the paper. "He hit his face off the rocks down below."

Two firefighters scaled the cliff with a basket for the rescue, while about 25 other people including firefighters, police, medical personnel, and passersby formed a pulley system to lift the man from the shoreline.

"You have to be careful because you want to make sure there are no injuries to the neck," Byrne told Metro News. "It was easier to walk him slowly over to get him in the basket to bring him up over the cliff."

Last month, Cape Breton reporter Chris Hayes, 62, died while camping on Cheticamp Island, Nova Scotia. He was found at the base of a 30-meter cliff, after an overnight search.

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