Camper survives 200 meter fall from cliff top

Injured camper Isaree Meepin is cared for on a truck before being transferred to an ambulance and taken to hospital, after falling over a cliff on Doi Tua Peng in Khao Kho district, Phetchabun, early Monday morning. (Photo by Sunthorn Kongwarakom)

PHETCHABUN – A woman camper was lucky to survive when she fell down a cliff in the dark on a mountainside in Khao Ko district early on Monday.

Isaree Meepin left the tent at the camp site on Doi Tua Peng about 4am, telling her friends she was going to the toilet.

When she had still not returned an hour later they contacted the hotline of the National Institute for Emergency Medicine.

Sutin Sakcharoenchaikul, the village chief of Ban Moo 1, and three other people rushed to the camping ground. After a search they found marks indicating Ms Isaree might have slipped and fallen down the cliff.

They immediately climbed down and  found her conscious about 200 metres below with a cut to her head and a broken leg. One villager carried her back up the cliff about 8am and then down to a truck below, which took her to a waiting ambulance from Khao Ko Hospital.

“She probably fell off the cliff because it was dark. She is lucky she is still alive,” the village headman said.

Ms Isaree, from Kanchanaburi, was camping with nine friends at Doi Tua Peng over the long weekend.

The best access to the mountain top is to use a truck. The villagers decided not to wait for rescuers as the rugged terrain would make it difficult for them to quickly reach the camping area.

-The Bangkok Post