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Woman hiker survives 20-metre plunge down cliff in China while taking photos with her phone

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 01 September, 2016, 1:15pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 01 September, 2016, 2:33pm

A woman hiker has survived serious injuries after falling 20 metres down a cliff in eastern China while taking photos with her mobile phone on Sunday.

The woman was hiking with two friends on Dongbai Mountain in Zhejiang province when she fell into the ravine while trying to photograph a waterfall, landing in a pool, the Qianjiang Evening News reported.

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She was taken to a local hospital after 31 rescuers took several hours carrying her out of the forest.

She had blood on her head and was slipping in and out of consciousness when the rescue team found her, the report said.

“It was very steep in some areas, with no roads for us,” rescue team captain Dai Jiang told the newspaper. “We could only climb up along the hillside.

“The team members hiked up and down with a stretcher,” Dai said. “In order to keep balance, we had to walk with our backs bent.”

Dai said his hands ached so much after the rescue that he could not hold chopsticks.

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The woman is in stable condition and receiving further treatment in hospital.

Hiking accidents are on the rise as more Chinese take part in outdoor activities, according to the Chinese Mountaineering Association.

In 2014, 63 climbers died and seven went missing, the highest number since 2007, the association said in its latest report.