Texting Woman Walks Off Cliff

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By IB Times Staff Reporter | September 30, 2012 6:11 AM EST

Maria Pestrikoff will probably be more careful about where and when she sends her text messages after she fell off a cliff. The woman claimed she was distracted by her phone, which she blamed for the accident, which occurred earlier this month in Alaska.

Pestrikoff, who is from Kodiak, Alaska, was trying to dispose of a cigarette butt when she slipped on wet grass and plummeted 60 ft., winding up on stuck beneath rocks on a beach. Rescue officials who came to save here were under great pressure after they learned they had to save her before the tide rolled in, according to the Associated Press.

“She was in the rocks between the boulders, and she was calling for help,” friend Anthony Burke told the Kodiak Daily Mirror on Wednesday. “She was screaming in agony.”

Fire Chief Bob Himes told the AP that the Kodiak Fire Department had to act quickly because the cold water was only 10 ft. away from where Pestrikoff was trapped.

“It’s a very hard rescue,” Himes said. “It’s very technical, and it doesn’t happen that often. We rely on the city and the Coast Guard fire departments, who have the manpower to do the training.”

Pestrikoff was strapped to a stretcher and rolled up the terrain in a stretcher. She was recovering in an Anchorage hospital.  Some rescue officials said the excellent quality of communication between the different fire departments might be responsible for Pestrikoff making it out alive. Digital Trends reported that some firefighters had to repel down the side of the cliff in order to reach her.

“The communication between departments was incredibly good,” one rescuer said. “The tide was right up to her toes by the time they were able to get her out.”

This news follows recent news about a Texas college student who drove his truck into a ravine moments after texting, “I need to stop texting because I could die in a car accident.” Time.com reported that the 21-year-old man has spent six months recuperating in a hospital from a “broken neck, a crushed face, a fractured skull, and traumatic brain injuries.”

Car and Driver conducted a study in 2009 that compared the reaction time it takes to send or read a text against the reaction time of someone driving drunk and or under the influence of another drug.  the study claimed in its findings that texting was the most dangerous activity to partake in behind the wheel by far.

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